Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Clinton, Edwards, Obama, Dodd, Richardson Statements on NH Civil Unions Law

Below is the statement that Senator Hillary Clinton made on the new Civil Unions law.

“As we begin a new year, New Hampshire begins a new chapter in the fair and equal treatment of gay and lesbian families as the Civil Unions law goes into effect today,” said Senator Clinton. “New Hampshire continues to lead the country in preserving the rights and freedom of all of its citizens.”

Senator John Edwards released the following statement today as New Hampshire's civil union law takes effect.

“In April of last year, Gov. Lynch and the state of New Hampshire passed a bill officially recognizing civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. This courageous act showed us that the idea of America – fairness, justice and equal opportunity – can become a reality when we have the courage to stand up for what is right.

“Today, the work of equality advocates comes to fruition as that law takes effect. New Hampshire’s decision to recognize civil unions and grant gay and lesbian couples the same rights granted by the state to heterosexual married couples is an important step forward on the march toward equality, fairness and justice.”

Senator Barack Obama today released the following statement on New Hampshire’s civil union law:

"Today, New Hampshire has started a New Year by taking an important step forward that will make a meaningful difference in the lives of so many gay and lesbian couples. As President, I'll work for the day when all gay and lesbian couples in America can enjoy the same legal rights and privileges as straight couples. It's time to stop using these issues to divide us; it's time to embrace a future of tolerance, equality, and hope."

Senator and Presidential candidate Chris Dodd issued the following statement on New Hampshire's Civil Unions law taking effect today.

"Today, New Hampshire took a big step forward in ensuring that gay and lesbian couples enjoy the same rights and responsibilities as their fellow citizens," said Dodd. "I was proud to support civil unions in my home state of Connecticut and I was proud to support Governor Lynch and the State Legislature when they passed this law last spring. I hope that New Hampshire's commitment to providing equal rights and responsibilities to all its citizens will serve as a positive example for the rest of the country."

New Mexico Governor and Democratic Presidential candidate Bill Richardson today released the following statement on New Hampshire's civil unions law:

I congratulate the state of New Hampshire for its strong step forward in protecting families and preventing discrimination through the legalization of civil unions.

As Governor of New Mexico, I expanded anti-discrimination laws, signed into law the state's first hate crimes legislation which included crimes based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and called a special session of the legislature to push for domestic partnerships after we almost passed them in the regular session.

I did all of this in a so-called "Red State." States like New Hampshire and New Mexico are moving forward on civil rights. What we need now is a president who is committed to this fight.

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