Live Free or Die …

equality ... maybe

Live Free or Die is the motto of the state of New Hampshire and gay people in that state may soon find out which of those the state legislature wants them to do.

Here’s a link to an interesting story in the Concord (New Hampshire) Monitor regarding efforts to repeal the same sex marriage legislation that state enacted in 2009. Republicans now control both houses of the state legislature in New Hampshire and their majorities in both houses are large enough to override any veto of repeal legislation by Democratic Governor John Lynch, who will be retiring at the end of this year in any event.

It appears that even some Republicans in the legislature are against repealing the current law. While none of them are saying it, perhaps that has something to do with the fact that a recent poll found that 62% of the people in New Hampshire oppose repeal while less than 30% favor it. Or let’s hope that has something to do with it.

On a more positive note, here is a story about some very positive developments in the state of Washington where legislation to approve marriage equality seems to be moving forward. And another story regarding what’s happening in the state of Maryland, where Governor Martin O’Malley is trying to persuade the state legislature to approve a marriage equality proposal.

It will be interesting to watch what happens in the weeks to come in these states. If you live in New Hampshire, Washington, or Maryland, now is the time to let your representative and senator know where you stand; and if you have any insight into what’s going to happen in any of those states, feel free to post a comment below.

Update:

It would be nice to assume that marriage equality is the irresistible wave of the future, one that will eventually carry the day in all fifty states. But we need to be mindful there are those determined not to allow simple fairness to prevail. As this story makes clear, opponents of gay marriage in the state of Washington are already at work plotting to derail marriage equality should that state enact such legislation. I am confident the same thing will happen in Maryland should it also adopt a marriage equality proposal.

The short and sweet of it for the LGBT community is that we cannot take anything for granted. If you live in Washington or Maryland, you need to prepare yourself for a long fight ahead. You owe it not just to yourself but to future generations as well to get involved and make a difference.

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