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NH Republicans Hold Pointless Anti-Gay-Marriage Rally In State Capital

Apparently, there are enough anti-gay New Hampshire Republicans (at least 200, according to Patch) to hold a rally for a bill that would strike down marriage equality in the state and return gays and lesbians to civil-union status.Maybe they hired extras, though—last we heard, they were hard-pressed to find support as Republicans in NH are more socially libertarian than their counterparts elsewhere. “I’m for liberty and freedom, leaving people alone so long as they don’t harm or defraud other people,” Rep. Steve Winter (R-Newbury) told the Concord Monitor.

Democratic Gov. John Lynch has already said he’d veto any such bill. So, good luck finding a veto-proof majority and some New England Democrats to cross the aisle on this one, buddies.

Despite the uphill battle, State Rep. David Bates (R-Windham) showed up to rouse a crowd in Concord yesterday, quoting sarcastically from a flyer asking traditional-marriage proponents to just give up.

Said Bates: “There’s another amazing statement on here that says, ‘The battle for gay marriage is not worth the fight.’ Well, what do you think about that? Do you think it’s worth the fight?”

The crowd answered with cheers of “yes!”

To that, we resoundingly say: “Meh.”

Source: Patch.com

On:           Feb 8, 2012
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    • TMikel

      200 hundred showed up for this rally? Out of all the people in New Hampshire only 200 showed up? Why is there even any press about this? Any acknowledgement only gives credence to their ranting!

      Feb 8, 2012 at 12:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Hyhybt

      People who set web content with audio to autoplay should be shot.

      Feb 8, 2012 at 1:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Hyhybt

      Sorry. I don’t really mean that… quite. But it *is* inexcusable.

      Feb 8, 2012 at 1:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Evan Mulvihill

      @Hyhybt: Let me see if we can tinker with the HTML and fix.

      Feb 8, 2012 at 2:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Hyhybt

      Oh, you can do that? I figured it was on Patch’s end…

      Feb 8, 2012 at 2:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dsp

      By the sound of the crowd (since they were not on camera), sounded more like 20 to 30 people in that crowd than 200…

      Feb 8, 2012 at 2:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve

      Normally, if there is a large crowd for a political rally, they will pan the camera around to show the audience. I only saw one person in the audience. It sounded like there might be as many as two dozen, but that was probably a “canned” sound-track.

      Feb 8, 2012 at 8:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Joebarb

      anyone notice the Bisexual flag?

      Feb 11, 2012 at 2:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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