Tonight, a crowd of 50 Seacoast residents gathered at the Portsmouth Public Library for a community forum on Marriage Equality and Reproductive Choice. We heard eloquent and heartfelt calls to action from those who have dedicated their lives to the battle for social justice and marriage equality.
Mo Baxley, New Hampshire Freedom to Marry:
Gay and lesbian couples are the same as anyone else. We get up the morning, we go to work, we’re shoveling the driveway, we’re getting the kids off to school, we’re feeding the dog. They need to know that the people of New Hampshire, the citizens of New Hampshire who do value civil liberties and do care about our neighbors don’t want them to touch marriage equality.
Former State Rep. Jim Splaine:
This is why it’s important. Because for those kids, being gay and questioning one’s sexual identity is the second leading cause of suicide in this country. Those kids will know that New Hampshire continues to recognize and respect who they are, for who they are. That’s so important. Making sure that not only do we have marriage equality but we save lives.