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NH Lawmaker Casts Doubt on Gay Marriage Repeal

NH Lawmaker Casts Doubt on Gay Marriage Repeal

 

New Hampshire State Rep. Seth Cohn has suggested that even though Republicans control the New Hampshire Legislature with veto-proof majorities, there is not enough of a consensus among Republicans to override a veto on a bill to repeal same-sex marriage that is currently stalled in the House.

From the Concord Monitor:

“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.

Cohn said he plans to introduce an amendment on the House floor that would take government entirely out of marriage, instead giving all couples a civil union and leaving marriage up to churches and other religious institutions. That same approach is supported by the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire, a libertarian-leaning group that endorsed 107 House members elected in 2010.

New Hampshire’s GOP recently put back a vote on a bill that would repeal the state’s same-sex marriage law, citing that they wanted instead to concentrate on economic issues before social questions — however, some commentators at the time wondered if this was because the GOP did not have consensus enough to override a veto from the Democratic Gov. Lynch.

The article quoted above goes on to quote Carolyn McKinney, chairwoman of the state’s Republican Liberty Caucus, as saying that the group is split on the bill, recognizing a conflict between individual autonomy and a perceived threat to religious liberty.

A vote had been expected anytime between January 11 and January 18 but a formal vote on House Bill 437 was never actually scheduled.

The repeal legislation would overturn the state’s same-sex marriage law, making it the first state to do so through the legislative process. Specifically, the bill seeks to replace marriage equality with civil unions for unmarried adults, including relatives. This demonstrates the weakening of the usual civil unions status to one more akin to a legal designee.

statewide poll conducted in February of last year found that 63 percent of voters oppose attempts to overturn the same-sex marriage law, while 92 percent of all voters agree that the state’s political leadership should focus on economic issues over social issues.

Entrepreneur Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway, recently joined Standing Up for New Hampshire Families to fight against the repeal.

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4:43PM PDT on Apr 30, 2013

noted

9:03PM PST on Feb 1, 2012

Did my comment get censored?

9:03PM PST on Feb 1, 2012

step by step. Some day.

2:36PM PST on Jan 31, 2012

I'm hoping it doesn't get brought up again. Thanks for keeping us updated.

12:01PM PST on Jan 31, 2012

I have always felt that there are two aspects to marriage: the religious and the secular. Repeal DOMA and the states should allow marriage between same sex couples. What each religious institution chooses to do about it is their own business. And if a religious group doesn't want to sanctify a marriage in their religion, so be it.

10:49AM PST on Jan 31, 2012

I hope that the article is correct.

8:14AM PST on Jan 31, 2012

"amendment on the House floor that would take government entirely out of marriage, instead giving all couples a civil union and leaving marriage up to churches and other religious institutions." That is the BEST solution I have heard yet! As a Gay man, I want nothing to do with the church or organized religion! That doesn't mean I don't believe in a God! IT means I think organized religion is as corrupt as our government officials!

7:43AM PST on Jan 31, 2012

The Disease of Marriage Act was a LIBERAL error, from the Komrad Klinton era. It should be utterly destroyed. The idea of restricting government to only providing civil union certificates for adults establishing a common household is great; then the heteros can go for church marriage in whatever Catholic, Baptist, Lutheran, or other church they want while the LBGTs and other alternatives can go to Unitarian, Hindu, Gaelic, Asatru, and other churches that pay more attention to partner dedication than gender.

7:28AM PST on Jan 31, 2012

This is probably one of the most sensible ways to end this discussion once and for all"'

"Cohn said he plans to introduce an amendment on the House floor that would take government entirely out of marriage, instead giving all couples a civil union and leaving marriage up to churches and other religious institutions. That same approach is supported by the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire, a libertarian-leaning group that endorsed 107 House members elected in 2010"

Marriage is a civil right that ALL people have. The religious part is purely a choice the couple makes to have the big church ceremony with all the bells and whistles. Fine...but the actual marriage is confirmed when the paperwork is filed. So, apparently this change would finally explain that ALL citizens are entitled to ALL civil rights....If they then choose to have a church ceremony...go ahead. I have been in weddings in other countries that do this very thing...first you meet in the town hall, get officially married and then, some choose a big wedding, some choose a big party....either way...your civil right, your decision.

Yes, I am an ordained Reverend and do ALL marriages, hand-fastings, etc....


6:54AM PST on Jan 31, 2012

LOL not all republicans are bigots Terry, but as a party they do tend to be a lot more conservative about human rights and inclined to dictate their morals be observed above all others. Frankly government needs to stop regulating our domestic choices as far as who we marry, and our sex lives as well as the choices we make regarding our choice to have or not have progeny.

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