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.

Related Reading:

New Hampshire GOP Won’t Push for Gay Marriage Repeal This Year

NH House to Vote on Gay Marriage Repeal Bids, Rep. Elliot Apologizes for False Gay Sex Ed. Claims

Starting the New Year with ‘I Do’: New Hampshire Recognizes Same-Sex Marriages from Midnight

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53 comments

Heather G.
Heather G.4 years ago

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)??

kenny s.
Kenny Stidham4 years ago

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.

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Juanita G.
Juanita Ricard4 years ago

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.

Juanita G.
Juanita Ricard4 years ago

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.

Lynne B.
Lynne Buckley4 years ago

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.

Aurolyn L.
Aurolyn L.4 years ago

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

Jan N.
Jan N.4 years ago

More of Emanuel V's lunatic ravings. She's either confused by hving a male name or she adopted that name because she thinks God is with her. No credability either was, so pay her no mind.

Janice A.
Janice Adams4 years ago

Emanual V. You have one chance right now to give us some sort of research that support the "facts" you wrote about. failing that I am going to ask for the removal of your posting as inappropriate. You have one hour.

Janice A.
Janice Adams4 years ago

Some how it seems to me that gay people are harmed by the religious narrow minded laws that are passed against them. Amazingly these lawmakers claim that they are harmed by other peoples marriages. I think there would have to be some proof of that before that could be accepted. What would harm these lawmakers would be if they were forced to marry the same gender or be condemned to a life of loneliness. That is what they are doing to gay people. They are forcing them to live a life of loneliness, disallowed of marrying the person they love. And in the long run forcing them, if they want to have a family and live a normal married life to marry a person of the opposite sex. A thing that is just as abhorrent to them as marrying the same sex would be to a heterosexual person. The cruelty of this is obvious and has had many bad consequences through time to the gay person the person whom they married and the children brought into such a union. New Hampshire may well have to change its motto "Live Free Or Die" to "Live In Bondage With Someone You Don't Love" I am disgusted at the cruelty that Republicans are willing to visit on their fellow citizens. A vote for a republican is a vote against freedom to be a human being.