Monday, February 27, 2012

Three thousand eight hundred citizens

Three thousand eight hundred citizens. They are doctors and lawyers, cops and nurses, factory workers, artists and bakers. Three thousand eight hundred citizens. That is roughly the number of gay people who have entered into roughly 1,900 marriages in New Hampshire over the last two years. Apparently, those three thousand eight hundred New Hampshire citizens (about 0.3% of the state's population) threaten the very fabric of New Hampshire society     or so it seems to some Republican legislators.

Civil unions are good enough for you people!

Only 32% of New Hampshire's citizens support repeal of marriage equality. You have to wonder what constituency these legislators, led by Representative David Bates, are pandering to. Do Maggie Gallagher, NOM, Opus Dei and the rest of the religious whack jobs really have this much control of the Republican Party? Apparently they do. What part of the Establishment Clause do they not understand? That part of the First Amendment seems neither ambiguous nor esoteric.
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