A University of New Hampshire poll released earlier in the month revealed that just 29 percent of Granite State voters support the repeal of same-sex marriage while 62 percent oppose repeal.
Looking more closely at the numbers, a strong majority of independents, 65 percent, oppose repeal. And surprisingly, even 38 percent of Republicans oppose repeal. Both Republicans and independents can vote in New Hampshire’s primary elections.
Mo Baxley, executive director of the New Hampshire Freedom to Marry Coalition, offered a warning to Republicans considering signing Cornerstone’s pledge:
“I would think any potential candidate coming through New Hampshire should know that one in three Republicans and 66 percent of independents support marriage equality here,” she said. “New Hampshire’s marriage law is popular. ... People here don’t want to hurt their neighbors, co-workers and friends. Eliminating the freedom to marry is not in keeping with New Hampshire’s ‘live free or die’ values.”
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.