UPDATE @ 2:37 PM: Scott Wooledge has an excellent, comprehensive post on yesterday’s hearing in NH over at DailyKos.
Probably most of what you need to know about the people who want to repeal New Hampshire’s marriage law is encapsulated in this video compiled by Igor Volsky of yesterday’s House hearing on the issue.
You’ll be interested to know the Maggie Gallagher did testify. Funny thing how she always manages to testify at hearings on same-sex marriage when she doesn’t have to swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth — and won’t face a cross-examination. Remember, at the hearing that mattered most on marriage so far, the Prop. 8 trial, Maggie didn’t take the stand. Why? Because as David Boies said so eloquently about those who want to deprive gay and lesbians citizens of their rights (like Maggie), “a witness stand is a lonely place to lie. And when you come into court you can’t do that.”
Now, back to New Hampshire.
Keep in mind that a recent University of New Hampshire poll found 62% of New Hampshire voters are opposed to repealing the marriage law. The pollster, Andrew Smith, who directs the UNH Survey Center, called that “powerful resistance.” On the other hand, 29% of voters support repeal. But, digging deeper, the polls shows that almost half of those voters are ambivalent: 13% favor of respondents favor repeal, but wouldn’t be upset if marriage is not repealed. Then, there are the five percent of NH voters who favor repeal who would be “very upset” if the marriage law is not repealed. The chart from the UNH Survey Center shows the breakdown:
You’ll hear from some in that five percent group, the people who share the world view of Maggie Gallagher and NOM, in the video: