A conservative New Hampshire group unveiled its agenda for the upcoming legislative session that it says puts families first by repealing gay marriage and enacting strict limits on abortion, an official said Monday.
Cornerstone spokeswoman Shannon McGinley said the agenda is based on its Families First Pledge for candidates.
“We fully expect our pledge signers to introduce bills identified in our agenda,” she said.
McGinley said more than 85 candidates had signed the pledge. Monday marked the first day incumbent House members running for re-election could file bills.
The agenda calls for allowing employers to deny services to customers and not pay for birth control in their health plans if it violates the employers' religious beliefs. It also calls for creating a conscientious exemption to any mandate in a private health insurance policy for those who buy the policy.
“It is intrinsically evil to force someone to pay for something he or she morally objects to, such as an abortion, and no one should ever have to provide a service to someone involved in a practice that he or she finds offensive,” McGinley said.
The group also wants more limits on abortion and to replace gay marriage with a civil unions law. It seeks legislation to give parents the right to decide how to educate, raise and care for their children.
“Parents should be given the benefit of the doubt unless they do something obvious to forfeit their natural rights,” McGinley said.
The group also supports a balanced budget that cuts unnecessary spending and reduces taxes and fees, limiting collective bargaining and implementing 401(k)-style pensions for public workers.