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Gender Ideology Threatens Vital Records

The New Hampshire House is considering a bill to allow individuals to obtain a new birth certificate based on a change of “gender identity.” Options on the birth certificate would be “male,” “female,” and “nonbinary.” HB 446 will have a hearing in the House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Cornerstone Action opposes this threat to …

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House Hearings on Changing Gender on Birth Certificates & Disallowing School Prayer

Second in Cornerstone’s 2019 series of State House updates! To see the first one click here.  Cornerstone is keeping you updated on public hearings on proposed legislation regarding issues that matter to you! Remember, at any of these hearings you may speak on a bill, or you may attend simply to sign a sheet indicating whether you support or oppose the bill. You can also …

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House Hearings on Buffer Zone Repeal, Human Trafficking Bills

First in Cornerstone’s 2019 series of State House updates! Public hearings on proposed legislation for New Hampshire in 2019 are getting underway. At any of these hearings you may speak on a bill, or you may attend simply to sign a sheet indicating whether you support or oppose the bill. You can also send testimony in writing or via email. HB 124, a bill to …

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Nashua Public Library to Host “Drag Queen Teen Time”

Read Union Leader story here.  Warning: this post contains a graphic image that viewers might find offensive. A “Drag Queen Teen Time” is coming to the Nashua Library on January 12, where a man with the sexually suggestive stage name “Monique Toosoon”, who performs adult-only shows with sexual themes dressed as a woman, will make a presentation to vulnerable teens. Your town or city library …

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In California, a Therapy Ban Bill Stalls

While New Hampshire has passed a gag rule on licensed therapists, pro-family activists in California are celebrating the withdrawal of a similar bill. The sponsor of California’s therapy ban bill withdrew it from consideration on August 31, saying there was “more to learn” after his conversations with faith leaders. The news from California follows the failure of therapy ban bills in Massachusetts and Maine. …

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Just Released: Cornerstone’s 2018 Scorecard

Cornerstone Action is proud to present our 2018 scorecard for voters, featuring votes cast by members of the New Hampshire House and Senate during the 2017-2018 session. You will find here a measure of how each of these elected officials voted on issues affecting New Hampshire families. This was an eventful legislative session, and the Cornerstone Action team monitored many bills. We selected 18 …

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Beneath Abortion’s Rhetoric

I’ve been listening to the words some of our politicians use to frame their stand on publicly-funded abortion – terms such as “access,” “reproductive rights,” and “women’s health issues.” These are words constantly repeated in the political arena, words carefully selected to assuage any doubt, words that seemingly promise freedom, choice, and a healthier future for a woman choosing to terminate her viable pregnancy …

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Access To Your Conscience – and Your Wallet

Abortion advocates this coming election season will be talking about abortion access. What they’re really after is access to your conscience and your wallet. The time to slap down that idea is now.  Fresh off a legislative session that saw defeat for things like abortion statistics and conscience rights for medical professionals, New Hampshire’s abortion advocates are gearing up to promote the election of …

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Governor Sununu Signs Bathroom Bill and Therapy Ban

The following statement may be attributed to Shannon McGinley, Cornerstone Action Executive Director. Today, a Republican governor goes down in history as the man who signed the Bathroom Bill, endangering women and girls all across the state and giving unfair advantages to men posing as women in various competitive environments. Sadly, Gov. Chris Sununu’s decision to sign the Bathroom Bill, HB 1319, and the …

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Religious Freedom Wins at the Supreme Court!

In a 7-2 decision announced on June 4, the U.S. Supreme Court found in favor of Jack Phillips, a Colorado baker who declined to provide services for a wedding ceremony that was in violation of his religious beliefs. In Masterpiece Cake Shop v. Colorado Human Rights Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that a state commission was wrong to punish the baker for living out his religious faith. This is a First Amendment …

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These Bills Are On You, Governor Sununu

Chris Sununu is no victim. He is a man of purpose and intention. It took such a person to wrest control of the State House from the Democrats who had held the corner office for so long. And now, as he is poised to sign destructive legislation on gender, he and his surrogates are putting out the message that opponents of these bills had …

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Federal Government Moves to Keep Tax Dollars Away From Abortion Providers

The Trump Administration on May 18, 2018 announced a proposed federal Health and Human Services rule to prohibit Title X family planning funds from going to agencies that perform abortions. Cornerstone Executive Director Shannon McGinley issued this statement about the proposed rule. The proposed HHS rule is good news. We welcome any step that respects the conscience rights of people who choose not to …

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Call on Governor Sununu to Veto Gender Identity Bill, HB 1319!

Governor Chris Sununu has said he will sign HB 1319, the gender identity bill now that it has passed the New Hampshire Senate.  Call Governor Sununu’s office at 603-271-2121 and tell him to VETO HB 1319. Chris Sununu will go down in history as a gender ideologue if he signs this unnecessary and dangerous bill. All New Hampshire residents are already protected under anti-discrimination law. …

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Senate Passes Gender Identity Bill

Following the 14-10 passage of HB 1319 by the New Hampshire Senate on May 2, 2018, Cornerstone released the following statement from Shannon McGinley, Cornerstone Action Executive Director (cornerstone@nhcornerstone.org, 603-228-4794). The Senate’s decision to pass HB 1319 undermines privacy rights and equitable treatment for all Granite Staters. The bill will impact businesses, camps, dorms, schools, sports, scholarships, bathrooms, and locker rooms. Unfortunately, the politicians …

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Paving the Way: Judges, Children, and Gender

Could the state take a child away from a parent who does not want the child to receive cross-sex hormones and amputation of healthy body parts? An Ohio court has told us the answer: yes. When transgender identity is treated as a non-elective medical procedure, that’s where the child welfare and legal systems inevitably lead. From CNN.com, February 16, 2018, “Judge gives grandparents custody …

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Don’t Let Gender Politics Interfere With Clinical Care: Testimony to Senate Committee on HB 587 (2018)

Testimony provided to N.H. Senate Health and Human Services Committee 4/10/18 by Shannon McGinley, Executive Director, Cornerstone Action. Please vote “inexpedient to legislate” on HB 587, relative to conversion therapy seeking to change a person’s sexual orientation. Cornerstone has opposed this bill since its introduction. Since our testimony to a House committee in February 2017, we have heard from professional therapists who are appalled …

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House Rejects Life-Issue Bills

The New Hampshire House let down New Hampshire voters by rejecting four life-issue bills in recent weeks. HB 1680, Viable Fetus Protection Act: the bill was tabled without debate on March 21. The roll call vote on the tabling motion was 170-163.  The pro-life vote was NAY on the tabling motion. This vote was extremely close, and 58 representatives were absent or “not voting” that day. …

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Gender Identity Bill Passes In N.H. House

On March 7, the New Hampshire House passed HB 1319 on a 195-129 roll call vote. The bill passed in spite of messages to legislators by voters concerned about the “gender identity” bill’s effects on individuals’ privacy and liberty. In the same session, the House killed an effort to prevent gender-reassignment procedures for minors (HB 1532) and killed a measure to prevent taxpayer funding for gender …

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Call to Action: Votes Coming for Bills on Gender, Pro-Life, Parents’ Rights

The New Hampshire House will vote on more than 300 bills the week of March 5. These will include gender identity (HB 1319), barring gender reassignment for minors (HB 1532), and barring taxpayer funding of gender reassignment procedures (HB 1560). Also on the agenda are the Viable Fetus Protection Act (HB 1680), the Abortion Information Act (HB 1707), conscience protection for medical personnel (HB …

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Senate Rejects Assisted Suicide

The New Hampshire Senate today killed SB 490 on a 12-10 vote. This attempt to establish an “end-of-life study committee” would have been a step toward an assisted suicide law for New Hampshire, as the sponsor made clear in her speech introducing the bill. This vote is a statement that New Hampshire does not want to go down that road. The twelve senators voting …

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Medical Conscience Rights: Cornerstone Supports HB 1787-FN

Your doctor shouldn’t have to leave her convictions at the office door when she comes to work. On Tuesday, February 20, at 10:00 a.m., a House committee will consider HB 1787-FN. This bill would prohibit discrimination against health care providers who object on religious, moral, or ethical grounds to participating in providing or facilitating abortion, artificial contraception, or sterilization. The full text of the …

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Let’s Not Move N.H. Toward Assisted Suicide

Senate Bill 490’s title indicates it’s about studying end-of-life issues, but the sponsor’s recent Senate testimony told a different tale. Cornerstone Action’s executive director Shannon McGinley explains the organization’s opposition to the bill. We appreciate Sen. Martha Hennessey’s candor at the February 8 hearing on the bill, when she expressed support for what she called “medically assisted death.” We are not fooled by attempts …

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N.H. House Passes Bill to Muzzle Therapists; It’s Time for Messages to Senate & Governor

The therapy ban has passed the New Hampshire House. Next stop: the Senate. The House passed HB 587 by a vote of 179-171 on February 8. See below for details of the vote. The measure seeks to prohibit licensed mental health professionals from offering talk therapy for minors who are experiencing unwanted same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria. The bill threatens loss of licensure for …

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Therapy Ban is back… AGAIN

Biology-deniers in the New Hampshire House have moved for “reconsideration” of HB 587. If the House votes “yes” on reconsideration, a vote to pass this bill could follow immediately. This dangerous bill would prohibit any discussion between your child and a licensed therapist that affirms your child’s biological reality and helps your child align with his or her own faith and moral beliefs. This bill would strip counselors …

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Pro-Life Crowd Says “Yes” to Protecting Viable Preborn Children

A bill to provide protection for viable preborn children brought a crowd of supporters to Concord to urge House legislators to do the right thing. Cornerstone’s Shannon McGinley and Gabrielle Jette were at the January 31 hearing on HB 1680, the Viable Fetus Protection Act, calling for an end to the state policy that leaves abortion unrestricted throughout all nine months of pregnancy. Chief …

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Our Message on “Gender Identity,” HB 1319: Biology Isn’t Bigotry

The supporters of HB 1319 mean business. They want you to believe that not all Granite Staters are covered under anti-discrimination protections. They seek special rights based on “gender identity.” They deny the threats the bill clearly poses to your privacy and liberty. So who’s more determined – the supporters of HB 1319, or the people who understand the problems with “gender identity” legislation? …

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Top Ten Reasons Why New Hampshire’s Gender Identity Bill is Anti-Liberty

Concerned about personal liberty? Then you need to be concerned about House Bill 1319. There’s more to the gender identity bill than meets the eye. It interferes with private contract. Freedom of contract and association are two fundamental principles for a functioning free market, and this law significantly erodes both. One of the keys to thriving American industry has always been our at-will employment …

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Beyond Bathrooms: Privacy and Gender Identity

The first public hearing on 2018’s “gender identity” bill for New Hampshire (HB 1319) will be at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 31 in room 208 of the Legislative Office Building. Among the considerations facing policymakers are the privacy concerns raised by HB 1319. It’s more than just bathrooms Laws and policies that add sexual orientation and gender identity classification mean that when a …

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Early House Action, 2018: Mixed Results

In the first floor sessions of 2018, the New Hampshire House approved a bill to establish education savings accounts but killed an abortion statistics bill. In a pair of dramatic votes that each required a tiebreaking vote by Speaker of the House Gene Chandler, the House voted “inexpedient to legislate” (ITL) on two therapy ban bills, one of which might be reconsidered on February …

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