Original post 11/5/09:
They will not give up until we have no rights at all.
Lawmakers in New Hampshire, inspired by Maine, are gearing up to put the state's new marriage equality law up to a popular test.
Now that gay marriage has been defeated in Maine, attention again shifts to New Hampshire, where lawmakers say momentum from Tuesday's vote may fuel legislation to repeal the state's law and give voters a say.Behind the repeal push in the House are Rep. Jordan Ulery, R-Hudson and four other bill sponsors.
Two proposals are being drafted in the N.H. House: One would repeal the law Gov. John Lynch signed in June and re-establish civil unions; the other is a constitutional amendment that would charge voters with deciding if "the state shall only recognize the union of one man and one woman as marriage."
Only the proposed repeal would go to the governor's desk in order for it to become law. Constitutional amendments head straight to the voters for two-thirds support upon being passed by the same margin in the Legislature.
"The issue was brought forth against the will of the majority of people, by a minority of people who confuse the issue by saying it was an equal-rights issue," said Ulery, adding that opposing gay marriage "doesn't mean people are against gays or lesbians or whatever you want to call that group of individuals." People are free to live with whoever they want, he said, "just don't call it what is between my wife and myself who are raising children."
Whatever you want to call that group? What the hell?!
The other proposal, the constitutional amendment, is backed by Rep. Dan Itse, R-Fremont who believes that the legislature did not have the authority to redefine marriage.
"Ideally, before legislators took action they should have sought permission from the public," he said. "The people are now in a position where they have to play defense and not offense."
Uhm, they did. When they were elected. Are these people nuts?
Rep. Jim Splaine, who sponsored the marriage equality bill disagrees with Itse, claiming legislators do have the authority because marriage laws fall under state government. "We have some legislators who don't think you can do anything under the constitution," he told Foster's Daily Democrat.
Though both proposals face an uphill battle due to the fact that the make up of the legislature hasn't changed much since it passed marriage equality, it's a reminder that the opposition will stop at nothing to take LGBT rights away until we can't function in society. Or in other words, fail to exist to them at all.
ACTION: If you live in New Hampshire, find out who you're legislator is here and then call and tell them to reject these proposals. And if you happen to be represented by any of the sponsors, GIVE 'EM HELL!
To get more involved, go to New Hampshire Freedom to Marry Coalition.