Because, uh, there just isn’t enough time to deal with it? Yes, the single stroke of a pen to grant civil rights is too time consuming for legislators! ““Now is the time to allow the citizens of New Hampshire to vote on a same-sex marriage referendum,” says State Sen. Minority Leader Peter Bragdon. More: “Former House Speaker and current House assistant minority leader Gene Chandler, R-Bartlett, said the proposed budget is half a billion dollars out of balance and there is only six weeks to resolve it before the new fiscal year begins. ‘However you feel about same-sex marriage it is time to move on and deal with the budget of the State of New Hampshire,’ Chandler said this morning at a news conference.”
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Maybe Bragdon should’ve talked to state GOP rep. Steve Vaillancourt about it before he dragged the process out another 2 weeks at least. And I thought NH didn’t have any referendum process.
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Of course, this is the same argument used by the more crazy Obama supporters to explain why Obama should not support the repeal of DADT. When I pointed out to them that this argument would become the rational for anyone seeking avoid gay rights issue, they said that this was insane. Now, we can see that, in fact, it is indeed becoming the argument of the moment.
The Governor probably knew this would happen by insisting on putting all those crazy religious exemptions in the bill. I just hope the ones who voted for SSM don’t have a change of heart when it comes across the next time. I figured something like this was going to happen, somebody had to have thrown a wrench into the momentum of things.
But I thought we were all going allowing the Republicans to win?
This is why the governor kept silent until the bill’d already been passed before saying what he wanted in it. If he’d had any interest at all in letting it pass, he’d have said that at the beginning, but this way he looks good to both sides.
Still, it might be possible to avoid[img]http://homepage.mac.com/feudfan/deadbill.png[/img]
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