Gay Marriage Survives In New Hampshire

NH Rep Al Baldasaro (R) Says homosexuals can change their preference any time.

Concord NH – Supporters of the state’s new same sex marriage law in New Hampshire came out victorious over opponents who attempted to repeal the human-rights law this week. The NH legislature voted this week on a bill to amend the state constitution and to redefine  marriage back as only between a man and a woman.

Extremist Republicans in the house were sorely disappointed after only a half-hour of debate their bill was defeated, but that doesn’t mean they held back any punches. Virtually every previously-proven-false stereotype about gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people were pulled out in a last-ditch effort by legislators to destroy the state’s new found equality. Rep. John Cebrowski (R) said that, “The vast majority of adults out there know marriage is between man and women. To engage in this flight of imagination … with adults is downright cruel. It’s cruel and I don’t like it.” He also made the comparison of same sex couples getting married as being similar to a child playing Star Wars.

But the mentally-challenged dogma didn’t stop there. Representative Jordan Ulery claimed that, “This is absolutely not an issue of equal rights. This is a question of being open to procreation. This is an issue of natural law,” and Representative Al Baldasaro stated, “Homosexuals can change their sexual preference at any time.”

Fortunately wiser heads prevailed this time. Rep Robert Thompson, an out-and-proud gay man who married his husband under the state’s new law said, “We already have loving, committed same-sex marriage couples in New Hampshire. There has been no detrimental impact to anyone,” adding a personal note by asking his colleagues, “How has my marriage impacted upon your marriage, or how has it diminished the value of your marriage?”

In the end, the homophobic and bigoted bills stood almost no chance and were defeated 210-109.

For more of the craziness of Republicans in New Hampshire watch the video below. “No Disrespect!”

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Dominique on February 18, 2010 at 11:41 am

    This guy and Chris Buttars should get together and speak out as loudly and as often as possible. That would certainly help the cause of equality.

    Scares me that people like this still exist in 2010.

    Great blog, Eric!

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  2. Posted by Shelly on February 18, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Wow… Um, wow…

    Reply

  3. Posted by Hon. Jordan G. Ulery on February 18, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Picking a choosing snippets from a peach is a great way to spread disinformation. Good Job. If you listen you will note that I referred to Blackstone regarding natural and revealed law as being the foundations of society. I quoted Locke regarding the elements of natural law and I quoted Supreme Court judge Joseph Story on the definition of marriage. I also answered the challenged offered Bob as to whether or nor I had members in my family who were gay with a yes. You may also note that the objection was not to the “life,” it was to the use of the term “marriage.”

    Your position is yours to hold, which I respect. The pathetic attempt to belittle those who hold contrary views merely illustrates your lack of understanding. That in turn can only lead to more disrespect and antagonistic attitudes expressed by the vast majority of people against those who are gay, its your choice.

    Respect others as you would have them respect you or don’t expect respect in turn. Oh I am sorry, that is a Christan ethic.

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  4. Posted by Justan Peterson on February 20, 2010 at 11:49 am

    To Mr. Ulery,
    I ask where the respect has been given to our community, ever?
    Particularly in Utah, where we live, there are many people who hold nothing but public and personal contempt and hatred for us.
    Eric did nothing to belittle you. You belittled yourself by assuming he has a lack of understanding on this issue. And I would like to note that nobody, save my community, has a better understanding of these issues, as they directly affect US. And there is also a Christian ethic of non-judgement, and loving thy neighbor.
    I give nothing but respect to people who disagree with me.
    They’re the ones holding signs saying “Kill the gays”, “You’re an abomination”, “Fags burn in hell”, etc.
    We’re the ones holding the signs that say, “Love=Love”.
    Thank you Eric for this post,
    Sincerely,
    Justan

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  5. Posted by Greg Van Dyke on February 22, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Dear Mr. Ulery:

    As a concerned citizen, I agree that divisive, deprecating dialog does not further the cause of either side.

    This begs the question: Just what was the motivation for your last statement – “Respect others as you would have them respect you or don’t expect respect in turn. Oh I am sorry, that is a Christan ethic.”.

    it seems to negate your respect for Mr. Ethington, and his beliefs and opinions.

    Just a thought.

    By the way, I am a straight, older person from a conservative background. I have watched this conflict, and have to say that the behavior of the conservative community with regard to this issue has disappointed me. In the end, Christ was about love more than he was about rules.

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  6. Posted by Joe Richard Haley on February 22, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    I think that straight marriage is wrong in life where it can get hard. Like straight marriage is alot of work. We don`t need straight marriage anyway for the state of New Hampshire because we been through hell with it. Gay marriage is more peaceful to our state and our people. I hope that we still have gaymarriage. And if we don`t have it, we will get it back.

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