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New Hampshire Turns Back Marriage Equality Challenges

Jim Burroway

February 17th, 2010

The New Hampshire House resoundingly rejected two anti-gay measures. In a 210-109 vote, the House voted to reject a bill which would have repealed the state’s same-sex marriage law. That vote followed a 201-135 vote to reject a proposed constitutional amendment that would have redefined marriage in that state by restricting it to between one man and one woman. That vote fell far below the two-thirds majority needed to advance to the Senate.



February 17th, 2010 | LINK

Awesome news!!!

Congrats to New Hampshire!

Good thing that New Hampshire’s constitution isn’t as easy to modify as California’s! As it should be!

Timothy Kincaid
February 17th, 2010 | LINK

Same-sex marriage was enacted in the NH House by 198–176 on June 3 of last year.

Today 12 more folks voted for marriage equality… and 67 fewer legislators voted against equality.

I think this tells us three things:

1. Some folks are just hesitant to change on controversial issues. They may not want to vote to change to allow gay marriage, but they also are hesitant to vote to change to disallow it when it already is the status quo.

2. Having experience same-sex marriages occurring for the past six weeks, the legislators can see that the sky hasn’t fallen. And that their constituents aren’t in the streets with pitchforks.

3. It’s easier to convince yourself that “it just isn’t time yet” to let gay people be equal than it is to acknowledge that you are an anti-gay activist.

February 18th, 2010 | LINK

Great news.

It is also worthwhile to look at those numbers – New Hampshire is the most representative government we have with 400 representatives in a state of about 1.3 million people. So no one can claim it’s a small number of elitists imposing an agenda (okay, no one reasonable can claim).

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