Thursday, February 18, 2010

Good News from New Hampshire

The Boston Globe is reporting that the New Hampshire legislature voted twice on Wednesday to keep same-sex marriage legal.   A bill that would have repealed New Hampshire's same-sex marriage law failed by a very large margin, 210-109.   A proposal that sought to define marriage as between a man and a woman also lost by a margin of 201-135.  The measure required a 3/5 majority to pass.

The debate was, at times, passionate.  State Representative Nancy Elliot (left) tried to reduce the debate to one specific sexual act when she said, “We're talking about taking the penis of a man and putting in the rectum of another man and wriggling it around..."  She later had to back off from an accusation that gay sex with pornographic photos was being taught in a fifth grade New Hampshire School when she couldn't verify her sources.

Another representative,  Alfred Baldasaro (right), said, “A black person cannot change the color of their skin, but a homosexual can change their sexual preference any time,” he said.  “What about [laws] being disrespectful to sister-sister that love each other, sister-brother, sister-mom, incest, it's in there. Aren't we discriminating against all of them?” he said last week during a committee hearing. “What about the Muslims, now? Everyone's praising the Muslims that are killing us. What about them? They want three, four wives ...”

Not quite sure I follow his logic. Nor have I ever been able to understand how straight people can know whether being gay is a choice or not.

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