Leading NH GOP Senate candidates oppose gay adoption

On Wednesday, September 15th, from 6 – 7 PM, AMERICAblog and several other LGBT blogs and bloggers will be hosting a live chat with the Democratic candidate for Senate from NH, Paul Hodes. He is a strong supporter of marriage equality — and we need more marriage supporters in the Senate. Hodes currently the Congressman from the NH’s Second District. The guy is a real progressive.

Tomorrow is primary day in New Hampshire. GOP voters in New Hampshire will pick their nominee to run against Hodes. There’s not much of a choice. According to the latest poll, from Magellan Strategies, long-time frontrunner Kelly Ayotte is leading Ovide Lamontagne: 35% – 31%. That’s within the margin of error. According to the pollster, Lamontagne has picked up 10 points in since September 1. Ayotte and Lamontagne not only opposes marriage equality (in a state where marriage is legal), they both oppose gay adoption. That’s pretty extreme:
Pretty clear we’d lose ground if Ayotte or Lamontagne wins.

Join us on Wednesday. We’ll know by then who Hodes will be facing in November. But, it’s pretty clear that it’s going to be a very stark choice: Equality vs. Homophobia.

On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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