Today the Human Rights Campaign -- the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization -- announced the endorsement of Democratic candidate for Governor Maggie Hassan.
"We are proud to endorse Maggie Hassan for Governor of New Hampshire. Maggie has been a champion for fairness, and a leader in the fight for marriage equality here in New Hampshire," said Marty Rouse, HRC's national field director. "Anti-equality forces are at work to try and turn back the clock on New Hampshire's historic marriage equality law. The stakes in this election couldn't be higher, and we know that Maggie Hassan is the strong leader New Hampshire needs to protect the rights of all families," added Rouse.
"I'm proud to have the support of the Human Rights Campaign. There has been no stronger force for equality around the country, and here in New Hampshire," said Hassan. "HRC has campaigned tirelessly alongside local partners here in New Hampshire. Their tremendous grassroots following has been instrumental in helping us mobilize the voices of our citizens to defend marriage rights in New Hampshire."
"In 2009, we answered the civil rights call of our time by making marriage equality a reality for each and every New Hampshire citizen. I was proud to play a role in making that happen. As Governor, I will stand up to anyone who tries to repeal marriage equality and always protect the fundamental right of fair and equal treatment for every citizen of New Hampshire," said Hassan.
As the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, the Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than one million members and supporters nationwide.
Both Republican candidates for Governor have advocated for the repeal of New Hampshire's popular marriage equality law.