A new poll finds that opposition to a bill that would repeal New Hampshire’s marriage equality law remains strong.
A WMUR/University of New Hampshire Survey Center poll released earlier on Tuesday found that 59 percent of respondents oppose House Bill 437. Similar surveys conducted last October and February found that 62 percent of New Hampshire residents oppose any effort to repeal the state’s marriage equality law that took effect in Jan. 2010.
“We’ve now had a full year’s worth of polls on the question of repealing our marriage equality law and the result is always the same–voters do not want the Legislature messing with this law,” said Craig Stowell, co-chair of Standing Up for New Hampshire Families. “This is not a close call. By a consistent margin of nearly two-to-one, voters are telling legislators to leave this popular law alone and get back to work on the economic challenges of our day.”
The House is expected to potentially vote on HB 437 next week. While the Republican-controlled state Legislature is expected to pass the measure, Gov. John Lynch once again vowed to veto the bill during his annual State of the State address last week in Concord. It remains unclear as to whether there are enough votes in both the House and Senate to override the governor’s promised veto.
“We can debate this issue forever,” said Stowell, a Republican from Claremont who has appeared in anti-HB 437 ads with his wife and gay brother. “If legislators really do what they say–which is to listen to their constituents–they’ll stop this effort to turn back the clock and allow all New Hampshire families to be treated equally under the law. It’s time to listen to the people of New Hampshire.”