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03/23/2012

NH anti-equality crowd: If at first you will fail harder than expected, try again?

by Jeremy Hooper

Those New Hampshire social conservatives who, after wasting months of people's time and energy on a mean-spirited effort to strip certain citizens of a right that they are enjoying at the expense of no one, ultimately suffered a bruising loss in the Republican-led state legislature, have vowed to try again in the future. This from Cornerstone Action's Shannon McGinley:

“We can reintroduce it next session,” she said, “and hopefully we will have a Republican governor that believes in what we believe in.”
New Hampshire: Keeping Same-Sex Marriage [FoTF CitizenLink]

And what exactly is that belief, Shannon: The belief that faith-motivated social cons should get their way on this issue simply because they feel like it? Because it's one thing when the "protect marriage" crowd hauls out the tired, fear claims in states where marriage equality is theoretical. But to have a state where marriage equality has been in place for 2+ years without incident and still work to convince locals that the state is plagued with gay-enacted harms that folks just haven't realized yet? Well that's a whole other level of hubris!

Will the state ever elect a Governor who believes like Cornerstone Action believes? Perhaps. But believe me: Simply believing in the righteousness of a cause does not make it so. This one has been tried and tested. We won. Move on. Find a hungry person and feed him or her.

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