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Dear New Hampshire…THIS SUCKS!

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Yuck. So much for the "live free" portion of the state slogan.

New Hampshire's House Judiciary Committee held a hearing last night regarding HB 1264, which is a bill that would allow businesses that do not support marriage equality to DENY services to same-sex couples - or any kind, for that matter - based on their religious values, AND would protect them from a civil claim of action for such!

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Dear Maryland…THIS ROCKS!

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Wonderful news!

In a vote of 12-10, Maryland's House Judiciary Committee voted in favor of the passage of the Senate Bill 116, that will sign into law legislation that would grant same-sex couples the right to legally marry, while also protecting the rights of religious institutions to handle the issue however they want!

Del. Kumar Barve, speaking on behalf of Equality Maryland, says:

"To me, this legislation is all about family, liberty and respect. I respect the civil liberties of same-sex couples who wish to solemnize their relations and families in the eyes of the law. I also respect the values of those in our society who are not comfortable with same-sex relationships. Surely there is enough space in America for all of us to build our lives and families as we choose and live next to each other."

Such true words! And exactly how it should be!

Congratulations for taking a stand, guys! Such a proud day for Maryland!

EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL!

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Dear Iowa…THIS Sucks!

So disappointing!

Following a three hour debate, the Iowa house has voted today to approve a resolution that proposes a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage!

House Joint Resolution 6 was approved by a very disheartening vote of 62-37, however, it was expected following last week's house judiciary committee, which passed the resolution with an 13-8 vote.

One Iowa Executive Director Carolyn Jenison says:

“The proposed amendment devalues families and divides Iowans. The Constitution is meant to protect the freedoms and liberties of all Iowans. It is inappropriate to use the political process to single out and deny a group of Iowans of their constitutional protections.”

And senate majority leader Michael Gronstal maintains:

“The vote today by House Republicans was a big step backwards for the constitutional rights of all Iowans. I remain committed to protecting the rights of all Iowans and focusing our energy on helping Iowans recover from the national recession.”

Well said!

They should be absolutely ashamed of themselves for such a blatant infringement on people's rights!

This may have been a step back, but that doesn't mean that we still can't LEAP forward again if we need to!

EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL.

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