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Granite State Progress Statement on US Supreme Court Rulings on Marriage Equality, Voting Rights

CONCORD, NH – Granite State Progress today applauded the US Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the unconstitutional and discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act and to reinstate marriage equality in California. Granite State Progress also expressed disappointment at yesterday’s ruling on Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act but is thankful that Section 5 was left intact. Granite State Progress Executive Director Zandra Rice Hawkins released the following statements:

Statement on Marriage Equality:

“Granite State Progress applauds the Supreme Court for ruling to strike down Prop 8 and DOMA. This is an enormous victory for civil rights and a joyful day for loving, married couples and their families. We are proud that New Hampshire was a state ahead of the curve on this most fundamental constitutional issue.”

Statement on Voting Rights:

“Granite State Progress applauds the Supreme Court’s decision to rule that Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act is still a relevant and vital protection for vulnerable populations, but we are disappointed that Section 4 – which helps determine the guidelines for pre-clearance – was eradicated. The country has made important strides in ensuring equal and fair access to the voting booth for minority populations, but we’ve seen too many elected officials still trying to manipulate elections through election law and it makes sense to continue to have a check on this. Congress needs to work swiftly and in a bipartisan fashion to revise the guidelines and protect voting rights in our country.”

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About Granite State Progress

Granite State Progress is a progressive advocacy organization that addresses issues of immediate state and local concern. Granite State Progress works as a communications hub for the progressive community to provide a strong, credible voice in advancing progressive solutions to critical community problems.
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