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Equality supporters jam the House gallery in New Hampshire.
Equality supporters jam the House gallery in New Hampshire.

Two years ago, the duly elected New Hampshire state legislature passed a law allowing same-sex couples to marry. Now, after a change from Democratic to Republican majority, some in the duly elected legislature want to repeal that law. Bills to do that are on hold until next year while the House deals with budget matters, but a hearing yesterday led to these three paragraphs from the local Union-Leader, each of which I find amazing:

Supporters of repealing the law said only a traditional marriage can create human life and that is why marriage is state-sanctioned and the foundation of the country’s Judeo-Christian heritage.

Ted Maravelias of Windham said, “I oppose this anti-Christian bigotry that has been prevalent in this state for the past two year. Now is the time to take a stand.”

Others said the law was not legitimate because the people of the state had no say in its passage and in every state where citizens voted on the issue, it failed.

Paragraph one: Yes, that’s the reasoning against marriage equality, boiled down into the finest neutrality of local reporter-ese. Paragraph two: Anti-equality Christians are the victims, seriously? Paragraph three: The people of the state had no say – beg pardon, but the people of the state elected the legislators who passed the bill. Now they’ve elected ones who want to repeal it.

Setting aside for a moment the bitter reality that we’re still deciding civil rights by voting on them, this story from New Hampshire is more of the “take back our government” line that defines the conservative movement right now. If the government you elect isn’t your government, then who is? How are you going to take back a government if not by voting in different people to represent you? Do you really want government by citizen referendum? Um, California?

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