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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Better, But Still Just A Matter Of Degree...

Earlier this week:

CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire lawmakers on Wednesday rejected a bill that would have made their state legislature the first one to repeal a gay marriage law, handing gay-rights supporters a key victory in the Northeast, where same-sex marriage is prevalent.

The state House voted 211-116 to kill the measure, ending a push by its new Republican majority to rescind New Hampshire's 2-year-old gay marriage law. Nevertheless, both sides are pledging to continue fighting into the fall elections.

Repeal opponents hoped to solidify what they argue is public support for gay marriage, while supporters hoped to reverse the law in a region of the country where gay-rights groups have strength.

"Today is a banner day for the freedom to marry," said Craig Stowell, co-chairman of Standing up For New Hampshire Families. Stowell said the House, where Republicans hold a 189-seat advantage, was supposed to give conservatives their best shot at repeal. "They blew it. This was supposed to be the most favorable legislative climate for repeal and they couldn't even get a majority"...

The measure failed dismally, as it deserved to, for two reasons. One, it's an election year, and many if not most of the New Hampshire Republicans who voted against the repeal did so because they're trying to hold onto their jobs. And two, while doing what's right in this case may have been nothing more than their pretext, Republicans here in the northeastern part of the United States at least tend to think things through rationally in spite of their beliefs. I, for one, consider this a welcome change from the stripe of Republicans I had to put up with in Virginia.

Not to say that I like these folks any more than I did their Old Dominion counterparts. Lucky Luciano may have had a lot more class than Dutch Schultz, but fundamentally, both of them were gangsters...

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