RELEASE: Democratic Leader Comments on House Vote Against Protecting Transgender Citizens

CONCORD, NH – The House of Representatives voted 187-179 today to table HB 478, legislation which would protect the rights of transgender citizens.  The vote to table BH 478 effectively ends the debate on transgender protection for the 2017 session.  House Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff released the following statement after the vote:

“The House’s vote this morning to table legislation which would end discrimination of transgender individuals is particularly disappointing.  We had the opportunity to take a strong stand in support of our most vulnerable citizens, and the House’s failure to act means that our transgender sons, daughters, friends and neighbors will continue to face discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations.”

“The House Health and Human Services Committee heard over five hours of testimony from over 60 individuals in support of this bill.  That committee recommended passage of HB 478 by a strong bipartisan vote of 15-2.  For Republican leadership to orchestrate the derailing of this bill at the eleventh hour once again speaks to the misplaced priorities of the Republican Party.  As legislators, it is our job to engage the challenging issues that come before us, not to run away from them.”

“After witnessing the damage that North Carolina’s reputation and economy suffered after failing to protect against transgender discrimination, this move by New Hampshire Republicans to follow in their footsteps is even more shortsighted.”

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