New York, NY, January 01, 2010 – The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, has staff on the ground today as gay and lesbian couples begin to marry in New Hampshire after Governor John Lynch signed marriage equality legislation in June 2009.
GLAAD Media Field Strategist Daryl Hannah is on the ground in New Hampshire this week to help share the wedding stories of gay and lesbian couples in that state with America. Hannah will work to ensure that media dialogue of the weddings centers on the stories of the loving and committed New Hampshire couples. GLAAD was also in New Hampshire in June when Governor Lynch signed marriage equality legislation into law after New Hampshire Senate and House passed the legislation.
“As wedding bells ring in the new year in New Hampshire it marks a new era for the state and for America,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. “Gay and lesbian New Hampshire couples today are better able to take care of each other and their families. After marriage equality became law in Massachusetts, it made a huge difference in my life and enabled me to fully care for my husband and our two children.”
“As more and more Americans are coming to know and understand gay and lesbian families, the public support for equality and fairness for all families is growing.”
“GLAAD joins New Hampshire Freedom to Marry Coalition and the courageous couples who shared their personal stories in celebrating today’s landmark nuptials,” Barrios said.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. For more information, please visit www.glaad.org.