NH Speaker Bill O’Brien: I Want To Repeal Gay Marriage Because It Costs Too Much

If our families are weak, then we’ll never be able to have final fiscal responsibility, because if government needs to step up for weakened families then there’s going to be an unlimited call on government resources. One of the things that makes our families strong is a traditional definition of marriage and I firmly believe that.”

—Bill O’Brien, Republican Speaker of the House in New Hampshire, revealing that he’d work to overturn marriage equality in his state if reelected because it result in greater government spending, on NPR’s The Exchange.

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  • Analog

    I’ve read his quote three times and i still can’t work out what he’s blathering on about.

  • Kev C

    @Analog: Don’t worry, it makes no kind of sense. But why is NPR covering this nonsense? Liberals love giving publicity to these nutbags. I don’t care what nutters say or how nutty it is. It makes me angry that anti-gay groups and people get so much press, however negative. I don’t care about Brian Whatsit or Maggie Whosit. Stop giving nuts free press.

  • GreatGatsby2011

    And I firmly believe this man is a tool. Isn’t it grand to have conviction?

  • QJ201

    With this logic…he belongs in the confederacy.

    Freeing the slaves just cost too much money, besides slavery lowers job costs.

  • lubbockgaymale

    He makes no sense (nonsense?), but that’s what the GOP and TP members are looking for… blathering idiots!
    If we make all decisions based on cost, let’s eliminate state governors and governments.

  • The Real Mike in Asheville

    @QJ201: And, slavery has a rich and robust history rooted in the Bible!

  • Alex

    Well first it would actually have to make families weak. It doesn’t so hes just talking nonsense.

  • Steve

    He firmly believes something that is demonstrably not true.

    But then, bigots have never been known to be swayed by either evidence or logic.

    The important things are: When does he have to run for re-election?; and, Who is running against him?

  • B

    Given the $259 million New York city collected from same-sex marriages in one year, Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be laughing all the way to the bank if this guy manages to ban same-sex marriages in New Hampshire.

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  • Vicky in nh

    This guy is truly scary because he is from a small town that might reelect him and his views are so outside those of any real American. Recently he tossed another member out because he refered to O’Brien and his tactics as nazi style and hiel hitler i believe was how he addressed the speaker….. it should also be noted that the speaker’s young protége DJ Bettencourt had to resign from the house due to a cover up re falsifying law school transcripts (hours served) and not wanting to be embarrassed the speaker was going to assist in the coverup until it got blown out if the water!!!!…… these are the types of things that happen when people vote for their neighbor without actually knowing what the hell they neighbor thinks!!!!!

  • B

    No. 11 · Larry wrote, “Huh?” I’m not sure whether that refers to the NH moron or to comment #10, but if it is #10, the idea was that, if a ban was successful, NH residents who wanted to get married would simply go to another state, most likely one nearby. With New York City making over a quarter of a billion dollars due to same sex marriages (license fees, hotel rooms, dinners, etc.), I’m sure Michael Bloomberg would be more than happy to have some NH residents spend their money in New York City too – weddings are usually not nickle and dime affairs.

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