More State Reps Present for Marriage Redefinition vote than Both Budget Votes!
From CPR Action:
Though we were very pleased with the outcome of the vote in the House this week to block Governor Lynch’s gay marriage amendment, the numbers tell the real story – where are their priorities? Not only has the legislature spent more time and debate on the gay marriage issue, but as it turns out, there were more legislators present to vote on gay marriage than there were on the two budget bills!! Apparently the legislature sticking families with massive tax hikes, like the capital gains, estate, and gas taxes, just aren’t as important to them as gay marriage is!
Vote on the Lynch Gay Marriage Amendment:
(YEAS, NAYS) A NAY vote was against the Lynch Amendment
Today, CPR-Action Executive Director, Kevin Smith, commented on the statement from Governor Lynch’s Office that if the legislature passes legislation that maintains his "principles", he will sign the bill.
"Once again, we see the Governor going back on his word. After declaring for years that he opposed gay marriage, the Governor then stated he had to ‘do what was best’ for the state only after the House and Senate passed gay marriage, breaking his word to the citizens of New Hampshire. Now, after stating he would only sign the bill if the legislature passed ‘this language’, he is again hedging his word by stating it (only) needs to maintain its ‘principles’."
Smith continued, "It is incredibly ironic at this point that the Governor would even be speaking of ‘principles’ when he can’t even abide by the simple principle of keeping ones word."
Confused about What is Going on in New Hampshire?
Its been brought to my attention that Fox news has reported HB 436 as being defeated by the House ….. that is FALSE! Only an amendment to the bill was defeated.
The bill is going to Conference Committee where House Speaker Norelli gets to pick her favorites to participate in redesigning the bill and who knows what the bill is going to look like when they are done.
The bill will have to go back to the Full House after the Conference Committee for another vote; then on to Gov Lynch. We will still have another round to go at the State House.
Its important the citizens continue to call, email and write letters in defense of traditional marriage.
Gov Lynch needs to be held accountable to his public statement that if the amendments were not added he would veto the bill.
NH citizens have done a fantastic job motivating the Republican Representatives and Senators to get to the State House and VOTE! There time and energy is paying off because they all showed up yesterday!
Keyser’s Causes: Huge Victory for Marriage in New Hampshire