the country is distracted by the New Hampshire primary, New Hampshire's
state legislature is swiftly moving to abolish gay marriage. They could vote on the issue as soon as this Thursday.
Craig Stowell is
a New Hampshire native who recently testified at the New Hampshire
State House to ask the legislature not to pass HB 437, the bill that
would abolish marriage equality. But Craig isn't gay -- in fact, he's a straight married Marine, and a conservative Republican.
firsthand how damaging it can be when the government says it's okay to
treat the LGBT community like second-class citizens. Craig's brother
Calvin was horribly bullied as a kid because he's gay. "There were
nights that I worried I may wake up and he wouldn't be there any longer;
crushed by the misery he was forced to endure," Craig says.
Hampshire legalized marriage equality in 2009, more than 1,800 loving
same-sex couples have been married. Polls show that a large majority of
New Hampshire residents support that right -- 62%, according to a recent
poll from the University of New Hampshire.
"When my wife Berta and I were married, Calvin was right there by my side as my best man," Craig says. "I
want the opportunity to be his best man when he finds the person he
wants to marry. With your help, I know we can ensure that freedom will
still be there when he does."
legislators may think they can sneak in HB 437 during the ruckus
surrounding the New Hampshire primary, but they need to know that their
actions are being watched and that people in New Hampshire and around
the country won't stand for this vicious step backward.