Democrats carry transgender rights bill to passage in NH House despite Sununu's waffling
Concord, N.H. - Today, Democrats in the New Hampshire House carried through a transgender rights bill that was tabled at the hands of Republicans a year earlier. Then-Speaker Shawn Jasper held Republicans in the House chamber in order to table the bipartisan legislation. In the year leading up to today's vote, Governor Sununu's position has been that he has "no personal opinion" on the legislation. NHDP Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement: "This is an outstanding step in the pursuit of equal protection for transgender Granite Staters. Today's vote is due in large part to the brave young people who came forward and the groundswell of activism and enthusiasm for these basic protections and human rights. It's disappointing that Governor Sununu spent a year saying he has 'no personal opinion' on the matter, only to offer a noncommittal endorsement of the concept without any promise to sign the legislation. We deserve better from our governor."