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The Impossible Happened In New Hampshire, Ctd.

Jim Burroway

March 22nd, 2012

Building on Timothy’s post yesterday, the New Hampshire General Court’s website has been updated with the roll callon a vote on the proposed marriage repeal vote. A “yea” vote was to agree that the bill was “inexpedient to legislate,” thus killing the bill. The vote tally was:

  Yea Nay Not Voting
Republicans: 119 115 59
Democrats: 92 1 11
TOTAL: 211 116 70

More Republicans turned out to vote for preserving marriage equality than showed up to vote against. Another one in five Republicans found reasons not to show up that day. This is a very far cry from where the Republican Party is nationwide, but turning points always start somewhere. It’s fitting that this one should come in the “Live Free or Die” state.

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Lindoro Almaviva
March 22nd, 2012 | LINK

Let’s hope that these legislators will be able to talk to other Republican legislators in other states and start a real trend.

Priya Lynn
March 22nd, 2012 | LINK

Yes, I think this might be a turning point.

Timothy Kincaid
March 22nd, 2012 | LINK

Earlier votes had a total of 350, an absence of 50 legislators. So at least 20 sat in their seat and chose not to vote. Some of that 20 might be part of the 11 missing Democrats but at least half were Republicans.

That means that they didn’t even do the “unavoidable previous engagement” route but for whatever reason refused to either support marriage equality or revoke it. Perhaps they will say that without the referendum they don’t know what their constituents wanted.

I don’t care. I’m just delighted they didn’t vote for repeal.

Timothy Kincaid
March 22nd, 2012 | LINK

Priya Lynn,

I swear this is true: I started to type “from your mouth to God’s ears”. Glad I caught myself.

Instead I’ll just say: I certainly hope you are right.

Priya Lynn
March 22nd, 2012 | LINK

Oh dear, LOL.

JohnAGJ
March 22nd, 2012 | LINK

I wonder if this will hold should a GOP governor be elected to replace Lynch this year?

Stefan
March 23rd, 2012 | LINK

JohnAGJ,

Even if a Republican governor is elected this year, it’s a given that Democrats will gain back many of the seats that they lost in 2010, so the Republicans will have a much smaller majority.

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