Segway Inventor Joins Fight for Marriage Equality
BY Lucas Grindley
December 11 2011 12:17 PM ET
The inventor of the Segway has joined a coalition fighting to keep same-sex marriage legal in New Hampshire, the group announced this week.
Standing Up for New Hampshire Families welcomed entrepreneur Dean Kamen to its growing list of supporters. They are trying to fend off a push by state Republicans to repeal a marriage equality law that Democrats passed while in power.
“We’re grateful to have Dean join the growing ranks of leaders and regular people who are publicly standing up for all New Hampshire families,” said Lew Feldstein, co-chair for Standing Up for New Hampshire Families.
"We look forward to working with Dean and with others to ensure that no one takes away the freedom of our citizens, all of our citizens, to marry,” said James Wright, former President of Dartmouth College and SUNHF Leadership Council member.
The New Hampshire House is expected to vote in January on one plan to reverse the law, followed by the Senate. Although the state's retiring Democratic governor John Lynch has refused to sign any repeal, that hasn't stopped Republicans from trying.
The Concord Monitor reports that two former political operatives for John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign in the state — Michael Dennehy and Patrick Hynes — are leading repeal efforts. Dennehy and Republican gubernatorial candidate Kevin Smith have signed up as lobbyists for the National Organization for Marriage, the newspaper reports.