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Bill to Repeal Marriage Equality Fails in New Hampshire House

NhmarriageGreat news. A vote to repeal marriage equality has failed in the New Hampshire House by a vote of 211-116. HB 437 would have repealed the state's marriage equality law and replaced it with civil unions.

WMUR reports:

The Republican-controlled House voted 202-133 against the repeal. Same-sex couples have been able to marry in New Hampshire for two years.

The vote came after about two hours of debate on the bill and associated amendments, including ones which would have implemented civil unions and called for a nonbinding referendum on the issue.

Even if the bill had passed, Gov. John Lynch had pledged to veto it.

More from Phil Reese at the Washington Blade:

Several Republicans crossed the aisle to defeat the measure, including Reps. Mike Ball and Jennifer Coffey, who spoke out against the bill last week along with other advocates and Democratic lawmakers at a news conference organized by the marriage equality group Standing Up For New Hampshire Families. During a long and contentious debate on the bill in which the same amendment was brought back for reconsideration twice, strong statements were made on all sides of the issue.

“God is my judge, this legislative body is not my judge,” Rep. Cameron DeJong proclaimed. “Allow me to have this discussion between my God and me about my decisions.”

Rep. Ball compared the bill to segregation in the South, “Let’s put this dog down, like it deserves to be.”

In a surreal moment during the debate, an amendment to the bill was introduced to also bar marriage between left-handed people. That amendment failed to be considered.

NOTE: The original vote total of 202-133 (still noted on WMUR's site at the time of this posting) is incorrect, and the correct vote count is indeed 211-116.


Watch LIVE: New Hampshire House Vote on Marriage Equality Repeal

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The New Hampshire House is  now in session.

Standing Up for NH Families tweets that there are several bills on tap before HB437 which would repeal marriage equality.

Feel free to listen in LIVE HERE Click "listen live" next to "House Currently in Session").

UPDATE: House votes to keep marriage equality!


NH GOP Rep. Dan McGuire to Base His Vote to Repeal Marriage Equality on Dictionary's Definition of Marriage

As I mentioned earlier, today the New Hampshire House is scheduled to vote on the disgusting HB 437, which would repeal the state's marriage equality law, replace it with civil unions, and introduce a non-binding ballot measure asking people to vote on whether they approve of the new civil union law.

And here's some of the logic we're up against.

A Towleroad reader writes:

NHI wanted to pass along an email exchange I had with Representative Dan McGuire (pictured). I sent identical emails to my four representatives (all happen to be Republicans), and I have only received the one response. In my initial email, I had no idea where any of them stand on LGBT issues. For this reason I wasn't interested in wasting my time trying to appeal to them; I just wanted to express my opposition to the bill. Rep. McGuire will apparently not be voting as I had hoped. This wasn't all that shocking to me, but as I read the email I became more and more perplexed and disgusted with his logic. It is worth mentioning that his wife is also a Representative. I'm just hoping she doesn't have access to his grandfather's dictionary...

McguireMy initial email:

Representative McGuire,

I am not familiar with your record or your positions on gay rights, but, as your constituent, I ask that you vote against HB 437. I am not here to make moral, philosophical, or constitutional arguments about why repealing the state’s marriage equality law would be unjust and cruel. I am not here to try to convince you that my relationship is worthy of the same recognition as anyone else’s. I don’t need to convince you that I’m a good citizen, a decent person or that my life is not destined to be a sad story because I am gay. It’s dehumanizing. I don’t need to be accepted, but I must be respected and protected under the law. Gay marriage has had no negative effect in New Hampshire, except in the minds of those who don’t understand what it means to the LGBT. As I said, I don’t know your beliefs or your familiarity with LGBT people, and if you don’t already know in your heart that HB 437 is a disgrace there is nothing I can say here to change your mind. However, it is my job as your constituent to let you know my position, and leave it to you to do the right thing.

Thank you,

Lance [name removed]

McGuire's response, AFTER THE JUMP...

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NH House to Vote on Repealing Marriage Equality Today

NHAs we've been reporting over the past couple of weeks, the New Hampshire House is scheduled to vote today on a hideous bill (HB 437) from Rep. David Bates that would repeal the state's marriage equality law.

The AP explains:

NhThe bill, scheduled for a House vote on Wednesday, calls for repealing gay marriage in March 2013 and replacing it with a civil unions law that had been in place in 2008 and 2009. Gay marriages occurring before the repeal took effect would still be valid, but future gay unions would be civil unions. The bill also would allow voters could weigh in through a nonbinding November ballot question.

If the House passes the repeal measure, it would go to the Senate; both houses are controlled by Republicans. Democratic Gov. John Lynch has promised to veto the bill if it reaches his desk.

A two-thirds vote of the Legislature is required to override a veto.

The Union-Leader has more:

Opponents call the proposed referendum a distraction and say poll after poll shows wide support among New Hampshire residents for retaining the current law. New Hampshire does not allow binding voter referendums, unlike other states including Massachusetts, Maine, Colorado and California. Some House members oppose the bill because of the referendum component and a floor amendment is possible today to remove it

There will be a number of other floor amendments today, including one by Rep. Seth Cohn, R-Canterbury, to prevent two left-handed people from marrying. Another would remove the state from regulating marriage while establishing domestic union contracts to provide identical benefits .

We'll be following this...


Pro-Equality Coalition Speaks Out Against Repeal of New Hampshire's Marriage Equality Law: VIDEO

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Pro-equality group Standing Up for New Hampshire Families held a press conference today to speak out against Rep. David Bates' HB 437 which would roll back the state's marriage equality law, replace it with civil unions, and place a non-binding measure on the ballot, Windham Patch reports:

NHMore than 20 members of the leadership council of Standing Up for New Hampshire Families, along with family, friends, and spouses, gathered together to tell members of the press why they were involved in the group and why they believed in preserving the state’s same-sex marriage law. Attendees included many former and current Republican activists, business owners, and a former chief justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court...

...State Rep. Mike Ball, R-Manchester, the chairman of the Manchester Republican Committee, said he and others represented “a sizable amount of Republicans in the House who feel that gay marriage is a liberty issue.” Ball, who grew up in the south and attended a segregated elementary school, likened the same-sex marriage to the civil rights issues of the time period.

“This is a segregation bill,” he said.

The government should not “be micromanaging a certain group of people’s lives … that’s not acceptable,” he added.

Watch their press conference, AFTER THE JUMP...

More on the hideous Bates amendment HERE and HERE.

New Hampshire's largest newspaper, the Union Leader posted an editorial over on Sunday calling for a voter referendum, while an editorial in the Concord Monitor spoke out against it.

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NEWS: WTC 1, Marriage, Wikiqueer, Dharun, And A Return To LV-426

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Towleroad-roadicon World Trade Center 1 is about to pass a significant milestone; already has a decent view. 

Towleroad-roadicon Awesome editorial in The Concord Monitor about HB 437 and its mutant sibling, the Bates Amendment:

Before the House acts on the Bates proposal for a nonbinding referendum question, we need to get a lot more answers about the process, fiscal impact and precedents this would create. We also need to know what problem this seeks to solve, which is the question all responsible legislators must ask themselves before they vote to enact or repeal any law.

Have any voters been denied the opportunity to express their opinion on marriage equality? Has anyone been prevented from testifying on HB 437? Has there been a groundswell of public desire for a statewide referendum? Has the Marriage Equality Act of 2009 hurt any individual, family, business, nonprofit organization, city or town? Of course not.

Towleroad-roadicon LA: Man was asked "Are you gay?" Then he was attacked.

Towleroad-roadicon Visit the new gay Wiki, Wikiqueer:

... a web-based, not for profit, free-content encyclopedia and resource project, based on an openly editable model, specifically for and by the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and ally communities. It is a program of The Aequalitas Project, a nonprofit organization serving as an incubator for new progressive programs. 

In a manner similar to Wikipedia, WikiQueer is written collaboratively by Internet volunteers who write without pay. Anyone with Internet access can write and make changes to WikiQueer articles (except in certain cases where editing is restricted to prevent disruption or vandalism). Users can contribute anonymously, under a pseudonym, or with their real identity, if they choose

Towleroad-roadicon Alternate Dharun Ravi juror says he'd have voted the other way:

As an alternate, the Woodbridge Township resident heard all the testimony but did not participate in deliberations. The jury, which returned its verdict Friday, was unanimous in finding Ravi guilty of all 15 charges, including invasion of privacy and anti-gay intimidation.

"Whatever (Ravi) did was stupid, but I don't think he ever had any intention of intimidating (Clementi)," Downey said. "I think that scenario could have happened 100 different ways, whether he had a straight roommate who had a girlfriend over ... there are 100 scenarios where he could have been goofing around and turning the camera on and it had nothing to do with somebody being gay."

Downey said he was "kind of up in the air" on the other charges, saying he likely would have voted to convict Ravi on charges of hindering apprehension and tampering with witnesses and evidence.

RidleyScott Towleroad-roadicon What's Tony Perkins think about the Dharun Ravi case?

Tony Perkins, president of the Christian group FRC, called the verdict "another opportunity for all Americans to speak out against the behavior of anyone who would abuse another person – especially a child – because of his/her sexuality or any other reason." However, Perkins warned in a statement that "some pro-homosexual activists would exploit the personal tragedies of these families to promote a political agenda."

Towleroad-roadicon An 82-year-old gay nude model and his $71 SoHo apartment. Some dudes have all the luck.

Towleroad-roadicon Lots of colleges are asking new students about their sexual identities.

 Towleroad-roadicon When do we die?

Towleroad-roadicon Last night at the Anaheim AMC, Sir Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof took questions from an audience and premiered the extended trailer to Prometheus -- Ridley's long-awaited return to the universe of Alien. (Aliens and its sequels were all other people's movies.) Prometheus looks a little corny -- it looks to be loosely based on Erich von Daniken's ancient astronaut nonsense -- but man! It's nice to see that Gigerish aesthetic again. Watch the Q&A and trailer AFTER THE JUMP ...

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