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NOM: New Hampshire To Vote On Marriage Equality Repeal Wednesday

Jim Burroway

January 30th, 2012

NOM has the details on their blog:

I’ve got exciting news! We’ve been told that HB437—a bill to repeal same-sex marriage—will be voted on Next Wednesday, February 1st! Now is the time to call your legislators—especially House members—right away and ask them to VOTE YES ON HB 437! [Emphasis — and exclamation points! —  in the original]

If you’re a New Hampshire resident of voter, NOM helpfully provides easy links so you can call your legislator:



January 30th, 2012 | LINK

Not good news. If they’re voting, that means they probably have enough to override the veto.

January 30th, 2012 | LINK


There is a piece in the Concord Monitor that quotes at least one Republican stating that a veto-proof majority in both the house and the senate is not an absolute.
(It’s #1 under the most read a little down on the page, titled “Gay Marriage Repeal No Sure Bet”

A little piece from the article:

Rep. Seth Cohn, a Canterbury Republican who moved here as part of the Free State project, a libertarian movement to relocate to New Hampshire, is also against repeal. Cohn and others believe the bill may pass the House but does not have the two-thirds majority to override a potential veto by Democratic Gov. John Lynch, who signed the bill three years ago legalizing same-sex marriage.

“I know for a fact, based on people I’ve talked to, that if Gov. Lynch vetoes it, that veto is not override-able,” Cohn said.

January 30th, 2012 | LINK

Where the hell do people get this idea that they can put the rights of others up to a vote?

I would’ve thought there might be enough precedents in American jurisprudence by now that they might get the idea_it’s not right_legally or otherwise.

Maybe if somebody starts advocating for putting the rights of rednecks or old rich white guys up for a vote…once their rights are threatened by such a move, do you suppose they would get it?

I’d bet money the answer would be no.

January 30th, 2012 | LINK

BTB, don’t quote NOM and link to NOM’s directory without making it very clear – as in ALL CAPS and bold type – that NH residents should be asking their legislators to vote no.

Ryan, no just because they are voting doesn’t mean they have the votes to override. This isn’t New York. In NH, when a bill is docketed, it gets a vote. Numerous bills have been passed and then vetoed, with the veto later sustained.

I think we will win this round. But that makes the 2012 election critical, since the Dem governor is stepping down. We either need to elect another Dem as governor, or otherwise substantially reduce the super-majorities that the GOP currently enjoys in the state legislature. I’d put that as a top priority, right after WA and ME.

Mark F.
January 31st, 2012 | LINK

I suspect they will fail in their attempt. There are a few libertarian and / or socially liberal leaning Republicans who will vote against repeal.


New Hampshire and U.S. law currently allows marriage to be brought up for a vote.

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