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Old March 21st, 2012, 03:56 PM   #1
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BOSTON (Reuters) - New Hampshire lawmakers easily defeated a bill on Wednesday that would have been the first step toward reversing the state's law that allows same-sex couples to marry.



The attempt to repeal a law that made gay marriages legal in the state, failed by a vote of 116-211 in the Republican-controlled legislature, drawing applause from many lawmakers in the historic statehouse in Concord.



Gov.John Lynch, a Democrat, had promised to veto the bill if it reached his desk.



State lawmakers approved civil unions in 2007 and same-sex marriages in 2009, when both houses in the state legislature were controlled byDemocrats.



Close to 2,000 gay and lesbian couples have been married in New Hampshire since the current law went into effect January 1, 2010. The new law would have replaced same-sex marriages with civil unions starting in 2013, but marriages that took place before the repeal would have remained valid.


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Old March 21st, 2012, 03:59 PM   #2
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Very good news.



It also reveals which Republicans are bigots and which are not.
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Old March 21st, 2012, 05:01 PM   #3
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Yeah, maybe because the Earth did not fly off it's axis into the sun, reasonable minds decided it was an absurd vote in the first place.
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Old March 21st, 2012, 06:08 PM   #4
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As a native of the Granite State I am very proud.



I would have been prouder if no one had voted for the stupid bill....but defeat is good enough.



On a side note, the vote was 116-211....that means 63 members didn't even vote.



The NH legislature has 400 members in the House of Representatives and 24 members in the Senate....that makes it the 4th largest legislature in the English speaking world....behind the British Parliment, the Indian Parliment and the US Congress.



Also the current makeup of the NH House is 294 Republicans and only 103 Democrats....that means over 100 Republicans had to vote to kill this measure (and that's assuming that all 103 Democrats voted against it)
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Old March 21st, 2012, 08:02 PM   #5
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I like this New Hampshire Republican:



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Just to ensure the message was clear, Republican representative Seth Cohn, who supports marriage equality, proposed banning marriage between left-handed people. That didn't pass either.




Also, an attempt to amend the original bill to add civil union recognition failed 82-266.
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Time to put this issue on a ballot and let We The People of New Hampshire decide if they want to have homosexual marriage rammed down their throats
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Time to put this issue on a ballot and let We The People of New Hampshire decide if they want to have homosexual marriage rammed down their throats


Oh wow, people are being forced to marry someone of the same sex? That IS a problem.
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Time to put this issue on a ballot and let We The People of New Hampshire decide if they want to have homosexual marriage rammed down their throats


We do know that mixed-race marriage wouldn't pass if put to a ballot in Mississippi.



Why should the good folks in Mississippi have to put up with having mixed-race marriage rammed down their throats?
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Time to put this issue on a ballot and let We The People of New Hampshire decide if they want to have homosexual marriage rammed down their throats


We do know that mixed-race marriage wouldn't pass if put to a ballot in Mississippi.



Why should the good folks in Mississippi have to put up with having mixed-race marriage rammed down their throats?




Is this another one of your dodgy "polls"?!?



What does mixed race marriage have to do with homosexual marriage?



Remember "don't confuse your sin with my skin"
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[quote name='gary' timestamp='1332406133' post='391047']

Time to put this issue on a ballot and let We The People of New Hampshire decide if they want to have homosexual marriage rammed down their throats


We do know that mixed-race marriage wouldn't pass if put to a ballot in Mississippi.



Why should the good folks in Mississippi have to put up with having mixed-race marriage rammed down their throats?




Is this another one of your dodgy "polls"?!?



What does mixed race marriage have to do with homosexual marriage?



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You didn't answer the question.



Why should the good folks in Mississippi have to put up with having mixed-race marriage rammed down their throats?
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