CONCORD, NH – A poll released today by New Hampshire Freedom to Marry shows that 55% of New Hampshire Voters support marriage for lesbian and gay couples, while 39% are opposed. The poll, conducted by UNH Survey Center, surveyed 491 New Hampshire voters from April 13 through the 22.
“New Hampshire has a live and let live attitude. These strong numbers in support of marriage equality are not surprising. A majority of New Hampshire voters have supported marriage equality since polling on the subject began in 2003. We hope that New Hampshire can soon join our neighbors in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont, and enact marriage equality,” said Mo Baxley, Executive Director of New Hampshire Freedom To Marry.
The poll also found that 63% of Independent and 34% of Republican voters in New Hampshire support marriage for lesbian and gay couples. The poll also found that when asked only 32% would be “bothered” if gay and lesbians could get a marriage license.
House Bill 436, which would recognize marriage equality for lesbian and gay couples under New Hampshire law, passed the House of Representatives last month and is pending in the state Senate. Last week, a Senate committee voted 2-3 against the bill. A vote by the full Senate is expected on Wednesday.
The New Hampshire Freedom to Marry Coalition was founded in January 2001 and is New Hampshire’s Statewide LGBT education and advocacy organization. NCLR applauds their efforts throughout the state. Be sure to check back often for important updates as this bill moves forward.