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NH Lawmakers Move to Repeal Same-Sex Marriage

NH Lawmakers Move to Repeal Same-Sex Marriage

 

In a 3-1 vote a New Hampshire House sub-committee advanced on Wednesday a bill that would repeal the state’s same-sex marriage law.

Under the bill, which would allow or civil unions for opposite-sex and same-sex couples, same-sex marriages that were carried out since New Hampshire’s same-sex marriage law came into force in January 2010 would still be recognized but new same-sex marriages would not be permitted, creating a similar, tiered landscape of rights as occurred in California following Proposition 8.

From the Houston Chronicle:

The bill still faces a vote by the full committee next month and the House in January. The committee voted to recommend killing a second bill that would simply repeal gay marriage.

The two proposed repeal bills would not apply to gay marriages that have already occurred, but would stop new ones. More than 1,500 New Hampshire gay couples have married so far under the current law.

If the House passes a repeal bill, the Senate also must vote on it.

The reason behind the bill? Republican legislators who control both chambers with sizable majorities say that the legalization of gay marriage has harmed their religious beliefs and society as a whole.

From the Nashua Telegraph:

Rep. Frances Potter, D-Concord, said gay marriages in N.H. have caused society no harm but this amended bill surely would.

“The passage of a repeal would not end controversy; it would create two kinds of gay couples,” Potter said.

Rep. Donald McClarren, R-Nashua, disagreed, saying he has been harmed by the state’s gay marriage law. “I am not injury-free. The reason I am not injury-free is because of my religious beliefs.”

Gov. John Lynch has said he would veto any attempt to repeal the same-sex marriage law.

Rep. Gregory Sorg, R-Easton, a co-sponsor of the amended bill, told the Leader that legalized same-sex marriage harms society ―even if there’s no evidence of it. “Some societal changes take generations to manifest themselves,” he reportedly said.

Recent results from a WMUR Granite State Poll released in February said that 62 percent of respondents oppose repealing  New Hampshire’s same-sex marriage law.

It is unlikely that the bill will be voted on by the full House this year.

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5:00PM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

Gays are pushing to have legislation changed so that same sex marriages are regarded as legal.But it is a moral issue and no law can be formed on a moral issue.Because Christians ( and others too) are very reliant on moral issues because they are steming from the heart (spirit) and how that affects the conscience,it is very pertinent to understsand what that means to society.I understand that the constitution in the States demands that religion and the State are to be kept seperate.Ok,but morals are a Christian ethic so what would the passing of a law legalising gay marriage mean?and it seems that will happen there sooner or later.It encroaches on a very fundamental Christian standing of what constitutes marriage.Two of the same sex can never be married even if it is passed as civil law.In fact it will provide even more impetus for society to disregard what constitutes morals.And it won't end there either for following generations are going to pay for the bad choices of preceeding ones.The poor kids of today ! Critisize it if you must and disbelieve,it is your choice.It is not an issue of anger for me but one of concern.And I will repeat once again....love the sinner but hate the sin.If that were not so,I would hate myself.

4:40PM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

Heather G...Very good question and understand it perfectly and really do respect it.The fact is I already get heaps of anger and criticism thrust at me and not only because of my hetero standing but because i am Christian.I find that most of the criticism and challenges is because of oppostition to God and that I am answerable to what He has to say about it.The views I express aren't my own because God is the one who makes the rules. Don't get me wrong here.I am no better than anyone else and i don't claim to be either.My concern is one of what so many problems society is facing and many of those problems are moral ones which are the backbone of what society should consist of.When morals decline we can name almost any problem will stem from that...murder,rape,theft,selfishness,disrespect,peodophilia,to name a few.when the problem concerns one of self defilement and crime against God which is what sin is,we all are going to pay for that.Homosexuality is an example which shows just how far we have come especially when it is a moral issue.Ethics stem from morality and no matter if society accepts it or not....the " law"of morality does not change.In fact morality is not a law but a choice of the heart which is what society is built on.And history shows that succeeding generations will follow suit and then take it even further

7:42AM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

OK Ron, lets see how YOU would react if people who don't even know you kept telling you how PERVERTED and WRONG you are, and that you're responsible for the MORAL DEGRADATION and COLLAPE of society, only because you're attracted to one sex and not the other the way most people are. Do you think you might feel ANGRY? Do you think you might not want to hear about it anymore (what you call intolerance)??

7:22PM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

One thing that stands out on this issue of gays more than anything else is the attitutude of the pro gays in general.Note.... i said in general i did not say all.They promote intolerance and anger of anything that represents opposition ro their views.The biggest thing they recognise as opposition is Christianity and understandably so.Christians will support what God tells them .what God tells them is that homosexuality is very wrong but why?..because it goes right against the very structure of what He has created men and women for.Not for nothing has He created the two sexes for not only procreation but marriage and union between creates stability in society.It teaches unity,love,respect,honour not only for each other but others as well.And because the two sexes are different in psychological makeup and duties etc.it enables a far more balanced life.The love between a man and woman can never be duplicated between any other relationship....it is special.Homosexulity defiles both God and the gays own person.Deep within each person is a natural attraction for the other sex unless it becomes degraded and focussed on wrong attentions.Then it becomes perverted and goes right against how God created us.It is a CHOICE that each makes.The result is a sign of moral degradation which is just what society does not need.Homosexuality signals moral collapsing and it will not end just with gays but with other very serious consequences as bad morals become more accepted by society

4:21PM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

Juanita G Emanual V and Serj J. Are all gay bashers. Trust me these three would never say face to face to a gay person any of the bullshit they post on this site. If they did they wouldnt get by with it. Bible thumping jesus freaks who hate end up in jail for harassment just like everyone else. Jail time would most likely be the least of your problems . You might not walk away with your life. Stay off this site. YOu are not welcome here. Your hatred in the name of jesus (who is written as an extreme Homosexual in your book of hate) is disgusting.

2:47AM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

Thanks for the article.

3:10PM PDT on Sep 17, 2011

NOT TRUE! THE SCRIPTURES WERE AUTHORED BY HOLY GOD. HE CHOSE 40 MEN WHO WERE LIVING GODLY LIVES AND LISTENING TO HIM AND GAVE THEM THE WORDS TO SAY. AND THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THE COMMANDS GIVEN BY GOD FOR US TO LIVE. OBEYING THEM BRINGS HAPPINESS, JOY AND BLESSINGS. THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, THE BEATITUDES, AND THE GOLDEN RULE. EVERY ONE HAS A SOUL AND THAT SOUL IS ETERNAL, SO UPON OUR PHYSICAL DEATH WE WILL LIVE ETERNALLY, EITHER IN HEAVEN OR HELL. SPENDING ETERNITY IN HELL IS MAN'S CHOICE. IT IS NOT GOD'S CHOICE FOR US. SPENDING ETERNITY IN HELL IN ETERNAL DAMNATION AND FIRE WILL BE VERY LONELY BECAUSE GOD WILL NOT BE THERE. HE WILL BE IN HEAVEN WITH THOSE WHO REALLY CARED AND LOVED HIM ABOVE ALL THINGS, WHERE THEY WILL BE ENJOYING ETERNALLY LIFE, LOVE AND BLESSING.

3:01PM PDT on Sep 17, 2011

SAME SEX RELATIONSHIPS SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED. THIS COUNTRY WAS BUILT ON THE HOLY SCRIPTURES AND ANYTHING CONTRARY TO THE SCRIPTURES IS SIN, NO MATTER WHAT IT IS. YOU WONDER WHY THIS EARTH IS HAVING FLOODS AND OTHER DISASTERS. THEY ARE NOT GOD'S HOLY WILL. HE DOES NOT BRING THESE THINGS ON US. THE BIBLE SAYS THAT THE EARTH IS CRYING OUT FOR THE SON OF GOD TO RETURN BECAUSE THE EARTH IS TIRED OF ALL THE SIN AND POLLUTION THAT MAN HAS HEAPED UPON IT. AND EVERYDAY IT IS GETTING WORSE. DISOBEDIENCE TO PARENTS, CHEATING, LYING, HOMOSEXUALITY, ABORTIONS, AND NOW THERE ARE SOME WHO ARE TRYING TO LEGALIZE PEDOPHILES. WHERE DOES IT STOP? WHEN DOES IT STOP? THE LORD IS RETURNING SOON TO TAKE HIS CHOSEN ONES HOME. THE REST WILL SEND THEMSELVES TO HELL BY THEIR REFUSAL TO LISTEN TO AND HEED HIS WORD. WE MUST TAKE A STAND FOR THE RIGHT AND IN NO WAY IS COMMITTING SIN THE RIGHT THING TO DO. YOU WANT FREEDOM! THE ONLY REAL FREEDOM IS IN OBEYING THE LORD WHO CREATED ALL GOOD THINGS.

9:35AM PDT on Sep 17, 2011

So gay marriage has harmed their religious beliefs and society as a whole has it? What a crock.

What has harmed society as a whole is the way the Republicans complete destroyed America's budget, leaving the country in the biggest mess of all time. They refuse to end tax breaks on their cronies, even when there are so many people unable to put food on the table. The gap between rich and poor keeps getting wider and everyone is suffering and they think gay marriage is HARMING society!!! What a bunch of self satisfied, arrogant and egotistical jerks who think that their religious beliefs have been harmed. Quite frankly, they wouldn't recognise religion if it bit them on the leg. God teaches love, tolerance and compassion. I don't see any of that here. These kinds of arrogant idiots should never presume that they speak for society.

Marriage should be the same for every couple who wants to make that kind of commitment to each other. The time is already coming when people really wonder why this is such a big issue. It can't come soon enough.

6:23PM PDT on Sep 16, 2011

So we should deny marriage equality because it offends these guys' religious beliefs??? Marriage INequality offends MY religions beliefs!

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