Friday, May 29, 2009

Marriage debate continues in New Hampshire

As the movement for LGBT rights continues to begin to implement their strategy in response to the California Supreme Court's decision to uphold Proposition 8, the debate over marriage for same-sex couples continues in New Hampshire.

A state Senate panel earlier this week vetoed a proposed measure that would have brought the issue before Granite State voters. Lawmakers are expected to vote on a marriage bill next week. Gov. John Lynch has said he would sign the proposed legislation if it contained specific language that protects religious institutions.

My mom and more than 50 percent of other New Hampshire voters back the bill. She and I had an interesting conversation last week in which she quite frankly proclaimed her belief that gays and lesbians should marry. Mom added their marriages would have no impact on her marriage to my father. And she had some additional choice words for those in Concord who continue to oppose the bill.

"They are a bunch of old fogies who have nothing better to do," she said.

An astute observation indeed!

1 comment:

JustOla said...

I'm right there with Michael's mom. I have NEVER understood this argument of gay marriage 'destroying' straight marriage. Huh??

My husband and I have been married for 10 years in a "traditional" marriage. The fact that two other people choose to celebrate and recognize their love in marriage is supposed to have an impact on our own relationship... how?

I think anyone whose marriage is threatened by the happiness of another couple (ANY other couple) should devote more time to one another - and perhaps seek counseling - rather than fight against someone else having the same rights they themselves have embraced.