With great disregard for what more than 60% of voters want, the House Judiciary Committee today approved a legislative proposal sponsored by Rep. David Bates (R-Windham) that repeals New Hampshire’s popular marriage law. Today’s vote didn’t pass with even the majority necessary to override the governor’s veto, meaning this effort to undermine New Hampshire families lacks momentum as Republicans and Democrats are united in bipartisan opposition.Meanwhile, one of the leaders of the effort to repeal cheerfully admits that he wants to repeal civil unions and deny all protections to LGBT couples, but he'll settle for repealing marriage....for now:
While some people may want a complete restoration of marriage, and also having no civil unions or anything like mutual beneficiaries, the political reality is I don’t think that’s possible at this time. The bill isn’t perfect — no bill is — but I still think this is a step in the right direction.At this time....he fully intends to attack our families further.
Clearly this is a fringe view -- a narrow majority of Americans favor marriage equality, and a much larger majority favor civil unions. But just as they have been able to elevate fringe views into Congress, they are working hard (and one must concede, doing so efficiently) to elevate fringe views into law in the states as well. We have to continue to shine a bright light on the hatred.
Let's be clear. The gloves are off. Because it's not just about the word marriage. It never was.