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01/02/2012

NH anti-gay group accuses 'out-of-staters' of working to 're-define marriage'; must be talking about NOM

by Jeremy Hooper

This from New Hampshire Cornerstone Policy Research's latest e-blast:

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Okay, let's think about this:

(a) The group that is front and center in this current NH debate, like all marriage debates nationwide, is the National Organization For Marriage. NOM is based in D.C., by way of NJ.

(b) Marriage in New Hampshire is defined -- currently, right now, as we speak -- as marriage without gender limitation. It's been that way, peacefully and benignly, for two years now.

( c) The only reason we are having any current conversation on marriage in the Live Free or Die State is because they, the self-appointed practitioners of "culture war," have decided they cannot live with the free and fair actions of the state legislature. They have taken it upon themselves to decide that their long lists of fear-mongering horribles are reason to take away loving couples' marriages, even though not a one of those "horribles" have come true.

(d) They are the ones pressuring legislators. That's what this whole e-blast is about: Asking supporters to pressure legislators. We are asking lawmakers to leave well enough alone and focus on actual issues instead.

(e) NOM staffers routinely brag about their deep pockets. CPR has a little bit of coin as well, and is connected enough within the Republican party to earn (oddly slurred) speeches from national figures like Rick Perry. So let's not play the "Tim Gill has money" game, acting as if the "pro-family" game is played in a powerless, PAC-less vacuum, and only with Monopoly money.


If Cornerstone Policy, NOM, NHMarriage.org (the "gay marriage = trash/ erosion" group), and whoever else want to band together to muddy this state's politics at a time when so much national attention is coming their way, then they have that right, as far as it goes. But they are the ones working to re-define something that is quite ably defined. They are the ones pressuring a legislature that already has a full slate. Oh, and they are also employing national funds and connections to do it. As they throw stones at their neighbors' senses of peace, love, and equality, I at least hope they'll have the good sense to put away the hypocritical stones that cast their opposition as well-heeled carpetbaggers. While I understand the many reasons why they wouldn't want to talk about the disgusting lack of merit surrounding their enforced debate, that is the conversation they've demanded of a great state and her people. The citizenry should know that.

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