On Wednesday, May 2nd, the the New Hampshire Senate voted 14-10 to pass HB 1319! And moments later, Governor Sununu confirmed: He will sign the bill, making the state the 19th in the nation to provide comprehensive, LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination protections.
Credit for this victory goes first to the transgender Granite Staters who bravely opened their lives to neighbors and lawmakers, who shared their stories with the hope of building understanding even as doing so put them at risk of harassment and discrimination.
Today’s victory is also the result of years that our allies in the business, faith, civil rights and public safety communities have spent laying legislative groundwork. And last but not least we recognize the lawmakers who voted for freedom this year, last year, and in years before.
HB 1319’s long legislative path has included recommendations from three committees—including the House Judiciary this year and HHS in 2017—and an “ought to pass” vote of 195-129 from the House of Representatives on March 7, 2018.
There is still one more thing we have to do before we can mount a full-scale celebration: Ensure Governor Sununu signs HB 1319 into law.
Earlier this year, Governor Sununu told reporters he was “inclined” to support the bill. And he mentioned protecting transgender people from discrimination as a motivation for creating the new Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion.
But we saw in the Senate Judiciary Committee how much damage our opponents can do with their lies, and we have to make sure they don’t influence the Governor’s decision.
Help ensure the Governor signs HB 1319 swiftly: Send a quick thank-you to the senators who voted for freedom today—and then send a message to Gov. Sununu urging him to sign HB 1319 ASAP!