New Hampshire House GOP Releases 2012 Agenda Marriage Equality Repeal is Not On It

The AP picked up on a glaring omission from the New Hampshire GOP's 2012 agenda:

NhRepublican House Leader Rep. D.J. Bettencourt of Salem introduced the House Republican agenda Thursday. Bettencourt said the House was focusing on changes to economic and education policy that would bring job creators to New Hampshire and put citizens back to work.

Hot-button social issues like gun rights, immigration and labor laws were all absent from the agenda. The most noticeable omission was gay marriage, which is the target of several bills aiming to repeal it.

Bettencourt said the Legislature did not need to spend much time on gay marriage. "If their minds aren't already made up, it's something they're intimately familiar with," said Bettencourt of his fellow Republicans.

Governor John Lynch this week vowed to veto any marriage equality repeal bill that comes across his desk.

Certain Republicans have also said recently that fellow party members who lean in a libertarian direction may prevent a marriage equality repeal bill from passing. Last week I also reported that former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman had been lobbying GOP lawmakers against repealing the bill.