In Portsmouth, Jeanne Shaheen Continues “GOTV-New Hampshire Tour” With Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin
This afternoon, Senator Jeanne Shaheen continued her “Get Out The Vote New Hampshire Tour” in Portsmouth, where she campaigned with Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign. Shaheen and Griffin attended a canvass kick off and addressed grassroots organizers and volunteers about what is at stake in this Tuesday’s election, including protecting equal rights for all Americans.
“The government has no place preventing two people who love each other from getting married and I am proud to have fought for marriage equality throughout my first term in the Senate,” said Shaheen. “When Scott Brown was in the Senate representing Massachusetts, he stood on the wrong side of history and voted against repealing the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act. Here in New Hampshire, we value equal rights for all, and Scott Brown’s record is just further proof that he is not for us.”
“I couldn’t be more proud to have the support of Chad Griffin and the Human Rights Campaign,” Shaheen added. “There are serious differences between my record and Scott Brown’s, and with their help, we’re going to make sure voters across the state now know what’s at stake when it comes to equal rights for LGBT Americans.”
Jeanne Shaheen has been a champion for LGBT equality. In the Senate, she cosponsored legislation to repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act, which prevented same-sex couples from having their marriages recognized by the federal government. She was the first U.S. Senator to call on the Democratic Party to include a freedom-to-marry plank in its 2012 party platform. Scott Brown opposes repealing DOMA, proving he can’t be trusted to stand up for equal rights for LGBT Americans.
Shaheen also cosponsored legislation to expand federal hate crimes law to include crimes motivated by gender or sexual orientation. She led the fight to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would protect Americans from losing their jobs based on their sexual orientation or gender identity and cosponsored a bill to protect students from bullying and harassment because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
The Shaheen campaign’s robust grassroots organization is paving the way to victory on Tuesday. Thousands of volunteers have been knocking on doors and making phone calls. Since early this summer, the campaign has been busy building the infrastructure needed to turn out voters on November 4th, including a seven-figure investment in the field operation that has opened 20 field offices in critical communities across the state.