Paul Hodes Stands Up for Marriage in New Hampshire

Last week, New Hampshire Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Paul Hodes (D) denounced a New Hampshire newspaper’s refusal to publish marriage notices for same-sex couples.

The New Hampshire Union Leader, New Hampshire’s largest newspaper, refused to publish marriage announcements for same-sex couples after a recently wed male couple attempted to place an announcement for their October 23 wedding in the paper. Although same-sex marriage is legal in New Hampshire, the editor of the Union Leader has chosen to deny coverage for same-sex couples, and to its readers who celebrate such commitments.

Rep. Hodes spoke out against the Union Leader’s decision, saying the paper should respect state law and “allow all couples to have equal access to their publication.” Hodes challenged Republican opponent and former state Attorney General Kelly Ayotte to join him in denouncing the paper.

Hodes has consistently had a pro-equality record, and supported marriage equality both in New Hampshire and nationally as a co-sponsor of a bill to repeal the “Defense of Marriage Act.” He has also voted for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and is a cosponsor of the fully-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Hodes faces former state attorney general Kelly Ayotte, who recently said that gays should not be allowed to adopt children. Help Hodes continue the fight for equality in the Senate by donating to his campaign at

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Tonight, 6PM: Get to know Paul Hodes in a Homo-textual sort of way

– Because his Republican opponent, Kelly Ayotte, is opposed to gay adoption rights

– Because New Hampshire is a marriage equality state, and we need to protect that

– Because he’s a House co-sponsor of both inclusive ENDA and the Respect for Marriage Act (designed to repeal DOMA)

– Because he vocally supports Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal

– Because you miss Celia Hodes on “Weeds,” and the candidate’s shared last name will give you a sweet reminder

– Because of this line: “Today, he’s asked us to let our readers know that he’d like anyone who was considering donating to his campaign during this live blogging session, instead donate to the No on 1 campaign in Maine [supporting marriage equality].

Screen Shot 2010-09-15 At 5.11.02 PmWhatever your reasoning, please join this site, AMERICABlog, Pam’s House Blend, Bilerico Project, and Open Left tonight at 6PM ET, when we host a live chat with candidate for U.S. Senate, Rep. Paul Hodes (D-NH). It’ll all go down right here:

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