Governor Maggie Hassan has always fought for the rights of all citizens to participate fully in the civic and economic life of their communities. That is why, as a State Senator, she led the effort to achieve marriage equality in New Hampshire, winning over hesitant colleagues and making New Hampshire one of the first states to pass marriage equality.
As Governor, Maggie strengthened New Hampshire’s marriage equality law to recognize out-of-state marriages and civil unions as of the date they were legally contracted, ensuring that all married couples in New Hampshire receive the fair and equal treatment under the law that they deserve. In 2015, New Hampshire joined several other states in an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to make marriage equality the law of the land. And Maggie recently issued an Executive Order to prohibit discrimination in state government on the basis of gender identity or gender expression, making clear that the New Hampshire state government welcomes and incorporates the talents and contributions of all citizens.
In the United States Senate, Maggie will continue to fight for policies to ensure that all citizens are fully included in our civic and economic life, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. She will work to pass the Equality Act, legislation that would provide explicit anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ individuals in areas including employment, housing, access to credit and public accommodations. Maggie will also fight any effort to undermine marriage equality, support an increase in critical funding to support prevention, treatment and research in order to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic and stand against any effort to prohibit capable, committed LGBTQ adults from adopting children.