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.
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 recent history 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."