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.”
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