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Group wants lawmakers to ink pledge in support of traditional families

CONCORD - The conservative Cornerstone Action group wants lawmakers to sign a new pledge to put traditional families first.

'Cornerstone has a long history of successfully advocating for traditional values and protecting the natural rights of families all across New Hampshire,' said Shannon McGinley, chairman of Cornerstone Action and Cornerstone Policy Research. 'With the release of our Families First Pledge, Cornerstone is setting a clear direction for legislators in the coming term and positioning itself as the organization best suited to advance the interests of New Hampshire families and children.'

She said by signing the pledge, candidates for the House and Senate agree they will: Vote to preserve the rights of all citizens, including their freedom to practice their faith; Vote to protect human life from conception to death; Vote to defend traditional marriage; Vote to restore the natural right of parents to determine the best way to educate, raise and care for their children; And vote to enact free market economic policies.

The Obama administration is telling people they must pay for medicine they morally object to; liberals are promoting abortion as birth control and teaching children two men can have the same relationship as their mom and dad, McGinley said, while state bureaucrats want to stop parents from teaching their children their morals.

'Conservatives have no choice but to speak out and explain why these ideas are killing our prosperity and freedom, and to point back to the ideals that lead to the success of our families, which in turn leads to the success of our communities, our state and our nation,' she said. 'With a membership of more than 5,000 people today, Cornerstone stands as a conservative force that will help keep the state moving in the right direction by protecting families and traditional values all across New Hampshire.'

In the past, Cornerstone has supported legislation to defund Planned Parenthood, to require parental notification before a minor can have an abortion, to repeal gay marriage and to make New Hampshire a right-to-work state.

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