Rather, the state's gay-marriage opponents have moved beyond social issues to criticize Lynch and the state's two-year, $11.5 billion budget. (In comparison, Maine's latest biennial budget is only $5.8 billion and cuts spending.) And though the GOP is suffering nationally under the weight of sex scandals and Sarah Palin, New Hampshire Republicans are rebounding under the party leadership of former governor John H. Sununu.
Meanwhile, the University of New Hampshire Survey Center reports that Lynch's approval ratings are on the decline, perhaps putting same-sex marriage at risk only months after it was enacted.
Smith says CPR-Action is now making "a deliberate attempt" to support conservative candidates through a newly formed PAC and by getting involved with special elections.
"Our option right now at this point really is getting a new legislature and a new governor in there to repeal the legislation," he says, adding, "I believe this is a winning issue for us."
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