New Hampshire Makes It Official06.03.09
Today, Gov. John Lynch signed off on the bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the state of New Hampshire. This makes it the sixth state in the union to allow gay marriage.
I wrote about this before when the state legislature passed a bill that was dependent on the Democratic governor’s approval. He promised to veto it originally if the congress didn’t make some changes, most notably specific language that spelled out the separation of church and state. It’s pretty unnecessary as those rights are already secured in the Bill of Rights, but if it means passing the bill into law, then so be it.
Honestly, if all it takes is an extra clause reiterating the point that no religious groups or churches would be required by law to preside over any gay marriages if they chose not to, then bring on the legislature. Draw up the bills now and let’s get this thing moving. I think this is a strong precedent that will most likely be replicated in all subsequent bills going through states’ legislatures. I’m really looking forward to seeing these ideas take off.
It also speaks loudly that the governor himself opposes gay marriage yet he signed the bill into law. That again opens up the field to equality amongst those politicians who may not personally agree with gay marriage, yet understand their duty to personal freedoms.
The people have spoken.
Six down, 44 to go.