This is Big! Way to Go, New Hampshire!

I have something to say about a great group of Republicans.  What?  Did you have to stop and re-read that first line?  🙂

Applause and cheers filled the chambers yesterday as the Republican-dominated New Hampshire House voted 211-116 NOT to repeal the state’s two-year-old marriage equality law.

State Rep. Mike Ball, chairman of the Republican Committee in Manchester, told his colleagues, “These folks are people just like you are.  The bill takes away civil unions and marriage and it needs to be put down.”  Ball also said that banning same-sex couples the right to marry was the same as banning interracial marriage.

In a more humorous moment during the debate and vote, Republican representative Seth Cohn, who supports marriage equality, proposed banning marriage between left-handed people.  This outcome of this one is less surprising — it failed, too. 🙂

Standing Up for New Hampshire Families organized opposition to the repeal measure, stating that polls indicated 62% of New Hampshire voters opposed repealing the law.

The repeal bill included a provision that would have put on November’s ballot a question asking, “Shall New Hampshire law allow civil unions for same-sex couples and define marriage as the union of one man and one woman?” The repeal bill also stipulated that same-sex couples which have already obtained marriage licenses will continue to have their marriages recognized by the state.

Democratic Governor John Lynch had promised to veto any effort to repeal marriage equality in New Hampshire.

This vote did tick off the anti-gay group, National Organization for Marriage (NOM). That comes as no surprise.  NOM President Brian Brown vows that his sad little group is going to hold all 211 lawmakers accountable for not taking away marriage rights from the gays, “We are very disappointed in the failure of the New Hampshire House of Representatives to pass compromise legislation restoring marriage and providing for civil unions for same-sex couples”.

Since January 2010 when same-sex couples could get married, about 1,900 such couples have done so.



2 responses to this post.

  1. And how many straight marriages have been ruined because of those 1,900 gay couples that got married? Answer: NONE!


  2. Jeremy,

    Isn’t that the truth!!!!



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