NH House to vote this week on marriage repeal

It’s a complicated proposal, but basically the New Hampshire House would vote on legislation that will do two things: 1) repeal marriage equality, effective next March; and 2) put a question before the voters in November that’s incredibly deceptive. Here’s the question:

Bates’s bill, which is set for a vote next Wednesday, now includes a question to be put before New Hampshire voters on the November ballot: “Shall New Hampshire law allow civil unions for same-sex couples and define marriage as the union of one man and one woman?”

Note how the question sounds like it grants gay couples civil unions.  Wrong.  It takes away the current right for gay couples to marry and returns them to civil unions which they already had before they had the right to marry in the state.  The question should read, “Shall New Hampshire take the right to marry away from same-sex couples and replace it with civil unions…”

It’s kind of sad that New Hampshire Republicans, not content to lower themselves to the level of Republicans in other states who have been taken over by the far religious right of the party at the expensive of individual liberty, no, the NH GOP thinks it needs to fool NH voters in order to win.

And actually, the legislation is missing another line as well. It’s the one that repeals the New Hampshire state motto, since if this legislation passes, New Hampshire is no longer interested in its citizens living free.


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