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Unprovoked, Lamontagne Attacks Families

GOP gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne launched an unsolicited and unprovoked attack on families in the midst of an otherwise friendly discussion about children.

Ovide Can’t Help Himself

In yesterday’s New Hampshire Gubernatorial Forum hosted by The Children’s Alliance of New Hampshire, Republican candidate for governor Ovide Lamontagne launched an unsolicited and unprovoked attack on families in the midst of an otherwise friendly discussion on how to help Granite State children.

(News article link: http://www.concordmonitor.com/article/337532/gubernatorial-forum-focuses-on-states-youth

Lamontagne said, "I think, and I think you know, that experience teaches us that the best chance a child has to succeed in this life is to grow up in an intact nuclear family supported by a man and woman who are married to each other with a lifelong commitment… That's the ideal, and we should not be embarrassed to talk about it."
 
These newest comments continue Lamontagne’s complicated recenhistory with the popular law that has allowed gay and lesbian couples to marry since 2009. The law was upheld this year by an overwhelming bipartisan House vote in the state legislature where a majority of Republicans supported the preservation of marriage equality.
 
"Ovide seems, frankly, obsessed with marriage for loving gay and lesbian couples," said Standing Up co-chairman Craig Stowell. "He talks about the issue constantly and now he's found another way to insult New Hampshire families.  To suggest that single parents, divorced parents or gay parents are inferior and hurt their children's chances to succeed in life is obscene.  If this is what he says in front of a TV camera, I shudder to think of what he saying to people off-camera. Clearly, he does not represent the New Hampshire values of most Granite Staters."

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helen burns June 27, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Well said!
David Pittelli June 27, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Josh, is he an "ideologue," or is he "in bed with anyone with deep pockets"? They're not really compatible charges.
helen burns June 27, 2012 at 12:45 PM
RE: quote by Lamontagne: "the best chance a child has to succeed in life..........." The best chance a child has to succeed in life is for them to grow up in a loving, caring family - it is up to each of us to define what "family" means. The biggest threat to a child's future is growing up in a family that supports domestic abuse, both physical and emotional. Life is challenging enough without having to withstand the criticism of those FEW who do not agree with the personal choices others have made. The energy wasted on judging how others make their way through life could be better used within the walls of their own homes.
helen burns June 27, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Please enlighten those less-than ideal parents who have raised successful, happy children, who went on to raise successful happy children of their own the exact source of your research.
Josh Graciano June 27, 2012 at 01:36 PM
That's true, but since I don't the names of the contributors to the no name and pleasant-sounding but vitriolic PACS that fund every major candidate, I went broad. I am under no illusion that (most) candidates in any party don't have their strings pulled, I just wanted to shatter anyone else's notion the Ovide was a man of the people.

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