WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today released the following statement to celebrate the 10-year-anniversary of marriage equality being signed into law in New Hampshire. During her time as Senate Majority Leader in the New Hampshire State Senate, Senator Hassan helped lead efforts to make New Hampshire one of the first states in the nation to pass marriage equality. This past weekend also marked the beginning of Pride Month, which is celebrated annually in honor of the Stonewall Riots that took place on June 28, 1969.
“10 years ago today, New Hampshire took a momentous step towards inclusion when marriage equality was signed into law,” Senator Hassan said. “This historic victory was possible because of the countless LGBTQ advocates and allies who fought to ensure that all people are equally included in our society – and I was incredibly proud to fight alongside them. As we celebrate Pride Month, let us not forget that although we have made important progress, we still have far more work to do to ensure that all LGBTQ Americans have the opportunity to fully participate in our civic and economic life.”
Senator Hassan recently joined her colleagues to reintroduce the bipartisan Equality Act, which would ban discrimination against LGBTQ Americans. This bipartisan legislation would ensure full federal non-discrimination equality by adding sexual orientation and gender identity to other protected classes, such as race or religion, in existing federal laws.