N H House Committee Drives Another Nail in Move to Outlaw Gay Marriage

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    Feb 10, 2010 10:16 PM GMT

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    The full House is expected next week to adopt the committee's recommendations that the bill authorizing gay marriage not be overturned and that a ballot question on the subject be disallowed. (The ballot question seeks to amend the NH constitution to define marriage as a relationship between one man and one woman.)

    It looks like gay marriage in New Hampshire is safe for the time being. Eventually, though, the matter needs the correct ruling from the US Supreme Court. Then the only threat to gay marriage anywhere in the US would be a constitutional amendment, which is a high hurdle.
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    Feb 10, 2010 10:25 PM GMT
    flieslikeabeagle said...Then the only threat to gay marriage anywhere in the US would be a constitutional amendment, which is a high hurdle.

    Not a high hurdle. Enough states have already passed anti-gay state constitutional amendments that a federal amendment against gay marriage would be sure to pass the required majority of states. If California and Maine can defeat gay marriage, then what would stop such a US Constitutional amendment in the other 50 states?

    Our only hope is that Congress will not approve and refer such an amendment to the individual states for ratification, where it would pass. This is why a Democratic majority in Congress is vital to gays, and even that majority is not a solid guarantee, given the lack of political backbone regarding gay rights. But the Republican Party platform formally calls for an anti-gay marriage US Constitutional amendment, so anyone who votes Republican supports its enactment.
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    Feb 10, 2010 10:35 PM GMT
    This is outstanding news. Now if only the narrow-minded, bible-thumping screwballs can get it through their thick heads that there negative initiative is going nowhere in New Hampshire. This will give the people of New Hampshire more time to get used to the concept of gay marriage and any further right wing action in the future will even be harder to accomplish and then gay marriage will remain the law of the land in the Granite State.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 11, 2010 4:21 AM GMT
    Red_VespaIf California and Maine can defeat gay marriage, then what would stop such a US Constitutional amendment in the other 50 states


    The states are the final step and amendments must be approved by 3/4 of the legislatures, not the electorates, but to even get that far it would have to pass with 2/3 of each house of Congress. See The Fifth Amendment.

    Those hurdles are quite high. While there are a lot of bigots in office it is almost guaranteed that there will never be enough to pass an amendment, especially as the older and less tolerant politicians die off (to put it crassly).

    That's not to say that we should be complacent, but it is a very high bar. Democrats may not have much of a spine on gay rights but it is inconceivable that 292 vehemently anti-gay representatives are elected (given how skewed most districts are towards strong liberals or strong conservatives), and highly unlikely (though marginally more plausible) that 67 FoF/NOM/FRC nutcase senators get elected at the same time.