Craig Stowell -- a straight Republican Marine -- defended his gay brother's right to marry. He launched a big petition campaign directed state legislature of New Hampshire which wanted to take away his brother Calvin's freedom to marry the person he loves just because he's gay. In the end Craig won. This is the petition Craig wrote and circulated:
"I served as a Marine in Iraq to defend freedom and liberty. But now the New Hampshire state legislature might take away an essential freedom from my brother Calvin, who is gay, and thousands of others: the freedom to marry the people they love.
New Hampshire finally granted marriage equality two years ago. It was a great day for my family. But the New Hampshire legislature may repeal that freedom -- they could vote to ban marriage equality as soon as this Thursday.
I started a petition on Change.org asking the New Hampshire state legislature not to repeal marriage equality -- will you sign it? Just click here.
Growing up, my brother Calvin was tormented for being gay. The pain he felt is a direct reflection of the isolation caused by telling LGBT people that they do not have the same rights as every other law abiding citizen: that they are not worthy of marriage.
I'm a conservative Republican, and I believe in small government. I don't think our legislators have any business telling my brother he can't get married. The people of New Hampshire don't want marriage equality to be repealed, either -- more than 60% of people in New Hampshire support keeping the equal marriage law in place.
So far, more than 2,000 Granite Staters and 72,000 people across the country have signed my petition. Miley Cyrus even tweeted about it. But we haven't won yet. The NH legislature needs to hear from people like you and me who support everyone's freedom to get married. Please click here to sign my petition now.
Thank you for your time,"
On Mar 21, 2012 the New Hampshire lawmakers rejected a bill that would have made their state legislature the first one to repeal a gay marriage law. Now Craig's brother can get married to the person he loves.
Read More: NEW YORK TIMES
An attempt to repeal New Hampshire’s same-sex marriage law failed on Wednesday in the House of Representatives, with members of the Republican-dominated chamber voting 211-116 to kill the bill.
Some opponents of repeal cited the state’s "Live Free or Die" motto, saying they were uncomfortable revoking any right that had already been granted.
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