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2:50 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Gov. Hassan Joins Facebook Movement To Support Same-Sex Marriage

Governor Maggie Hassan changed her Facebook profile photo to a red equality sign, part of a movement supporting same-sex marriage on the social media site.
Governor Maggie Hassan changed her Facebook profile photo to a red equality sign, part of a movement supporting same-sex marriage on the social media site.
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Governor Maggie Hassan is making her support for same-sex marriage clear on Facebook.

Like many, she changed her profile photo on Tuesday to a red equality sign, part of an online movement by the Human Rights Campaign.

So did Ann McLane Kuster

Hassan released this statement today regarding same-sex marriage:

"As the Supreme Court hears challenges to Prop 8 and DOMA this week, I am hopeful they will strike down these discriminatory measures. New Hampshire led the way, now the Supreme Court must end discrimination, ensure the federal government treats all marriages equally"

Meanwhile, New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen hopes the United States Supreme Court will side with supporting same-sex marriage as it hears two landmark cases on the issue this week.

Shaheen was one of 211 members of Congress who filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court arguing the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional.

The law prevents the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, and is being challenged in Supreme Court this week.  Oral arguments are scheduled for Wednesday.

Representatives Ann McLane Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter also signed the amicus brief. Senator Kelly Ayotte did not.

The court is also hearing a challenge to California’s Proposition 8, a voter-passed referendum banning same-sex marriage in that state.

Shaheen says the nation’s highest court should strike down both laws.

“I certainly hope that what we see from the Supreme Court is that they overturn the Defense of Marriage Act and recognize the same rights for all Americans to marry the person they love.”

Rulings in each case are not expected until June.