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01/30/2012

Deride vs. override: NH's divisive, hurtful error will come down to veto vote

by Jeremy Hooper

201201301006The key question in New Hampshire is not so much if the Republicans have the numbers to pass a mean-spirited repeal of the state's marriage law (they probably do), but whether they have the legislative muscle to override Democratic Gov. John Lynch's likely veto. Happily, there's great hope on that, the larger question:

As the New Hampshire legislature prepares to vote on legislation to repeal the state’s same-sex marriage law in the coming days, some Republican lawmakers are hinting that they may not have the votes to override Gov. John Lynch’s (D) expected veto of the measure.
KEEP READING: New Hampshire Republicans May Lack Votes To Override Governor’s Veto Of Marriage Repeal Bill [ThinkProgress LGBT]

Our job on this is to message the ever-loving heck out of the thing. This is a uniquely golden one. Here we have our opposition wasting legislative time in a cycle where most agree the so-called "social issues" should be less forefront. We also have them going after something that has brought none of the host of horribles that they warned about. Plus we have this bizarre situation where NOM and Co. are pretending to be okay with civil unions, even though we know that to be a blatant lie. NH is different than other fights.

For us, it all adds up to opportunity. We have to show this uniquely extreme time-waster for what it is, noting the reality of an organized opposition that (a) wants to be all things to all people, (b) will never stop knocking our families regardless of how benign our rights prove to be, and (c ) are willing to waste limitless resources in this terribly strained world of ours for a purpose no greater than discrimination. The "protect marriage" movement is making a mockery of the Live Free or Die State. We must Live Vocally against it.

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