GOP Fails to Pass Gay Marriage Repeal Bill in NH
A miserable failure, and a waste of legislative calendar when there’s plenty of other things legislators ought to be doing.
Gay rights advocates are declaring victory after New Hampshire’s failed attempt at repealing its gay marriage law, saying it resounds in a region where opponents have concentrated efforts to reverse momentum.
The state House voted Wednesday to kill the measure, ending a push by its new Republican majority to rescind New Hampshire’s 2-year-old law. Nevertheless, both sides are pledging to continue fighting into the fall elections.
“Today is a banner day for the freedom to marry,” said Craig Stowell, co-chairman of Standing Up for New Hampshire Families. Stowell said the House, where Republicans hold a 189-seat advantage, was supposed to give conservatives their best shot at repeal.
“They blew it,” he said. “This was supposed to be the most favorable legislative climate for repeal and they couldn’t even get a majority.”