GOP Lawmakers Want to Repeal Gay Marriage in NH
But some Republicans hope to skip the contentious issue
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2012 7:16 AM CST
In this Feb. 17, 2010 photo, New Hampshire Rep. Tara Sad casts her vote on the proposed constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between a man and a woman at the State House in Concord, NH.   (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter, File)

(Newser) – As gay marriage makes strides in states such as New Jersey and Washington, it's getting walked backward in New Hampshire. The "Live Free or Die" state became the sixth to legalize gay marriage less than three years ago, but now some of the top leaders in the Republican-controlled Legislature are considering a repeal of the law, NPR reports. "I think it's time to move back, back to the true meaning of marriage," says the author of the repeal bill during a recent Statehouse rally.

The original bill was enacted without a court order, voted in when Democrats dominated the Statehouse. But now Republicans dominate—and, though Gov. John Lynch has vowed to veto a repeal, they hold veto-proof majorities in Concord. Both sides are gearing up for a fight, with pro-gay marriage groups hiring lobbyists, raising money, and barraging on-the-fence GOP state representatives with calls, and even some Republicans who voted against gay marriage originally would rather not revisit the issue. "If you have given a right as we did, without my support, to take it back would be disenfranchising those folks who took advantage of it," says one, "and it would create a wedge."

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Feb 16, 2012 4:58 PM CST
Hopefully soon, science will identify the DEFECTIVE gene that causes people to to be HOMOSEXUALS and be able to correct the MISTAKE or at least give the parents the option to ABORT. Of course the HOMOSEXUALS will attack me saying that it is I that has the defective gene and I should have been aborted but we all know that they are the DEVIATE ones and are just trying to make everyone else approve off their disgusting lifestyle . Now no one should hurt them or treat them with violence, that is wrong but them getting MARRIED ? That is just plain stupid.
Feb 15, 2012 6:03 PM CST
This is what happens when you let republicans have any legislative power: They hypocritically shove their morals up your back side... Where in the Constitution does it say the government has the right to dictate what kind of loving relationship you have with another consenting adult?
Feb 15, 2012 12:53 PM CST
I think it's time we moved back to the true meaning of marriage, LOVE. These POS asswipes also want to repeal emancipation proclamation, women's sufferage, child labor laws, taxes on the wealthy, and anything else interfering with ownership of the universe by rich, white men. When will those who vote for them WAKE-UP?