New Hampshire Republicans seek gay marriage repeal

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New Hampshire legalized gay marriage in the summer of 2009. Now, a bill in its early stages at the New Hampshire Statehouse could reverse that progress. According to the Nashua Telegraph,

With a 297 to 103 advantage in the House, and a 19 to 5 divide in the Senate, Republicans could have the two-thirds majority necessary to override Gov. John Lynch, who has promised to veto any repeal bill.

Those numbers are not very promising, and it stings to read the Telegraph's interview with married couple Donna Swartwout and Linda Murphy:

“I thought we were past this. We got married. We don’t think we’ve harmed anything,” said Murphy, 51, who left Friday for the Florida Keys, where she and Swartwout, her partner of 20 years, will celebrate a delayed honeymoon.

“I never thought a year (after our wedding) we’d be in Florida, wondering if we’re on a honeymoon or a vacation.” Swartwout, 49, continued. “I never thought we’d have to go through this again.”

But tellingly, while NH representative Leo Pepino, who introduced the bill, is pursuing the usual line ("It's a matter of ethics"), his fellow Republicans don't seem any too bothered; Senate President Peter Bragdon told the Telegraph, "To be honest, I haven’t given it too much thought… It might come up at some point, but it’s not one of the primary concerns on the minds of most voters." That's because somehow, gay people marrying each other hasn't caused the state of New Hampshire to plunge into the sea. (Thus far, anyway.) Hopefully, New Hampshire voters' well-documented libertarian streak will keep their representatives focused on more important things than messing with people's love lives.