NHDP Statement: Sununu on transgender rights: 'no personal opinion.'
Concord, N.H. - In March, Governor Sununu responded to the rejection of a transgender rights bill (HB478) by saying he had "no personal opinion" on the matter. Republicans in the House tabled the legislation instead of allowing the body to debate it on the merits. Representative Dick Hinch said House Republicans bought seatbelts to keep anti-transgender rights members in their seats in order to maintain the quorum necessary to table the bill. Hinch said afterward "we used every resource that was available to us...we had to do our job." In a series of Tweets, President Trump set a new policy banning transgender people from serving in the military, a reversal on a policy that allowed more thousands of transgender Americans to serve openly. NHDP Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement: "Does Governor Sununu still have 'no personal opinion' on transgender rights? Will he stand up for the right of the transgender community in New Hampshire or will he yet again kowtow to President Trump's erratic Twitter whims? If Governor Sununu does finally grow a backbone to defend the LGBT community for the first time, will he reverse his apathy on the issue in the state and advocate for equal protections under the law for all transgender people?"