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April 29, 2009

Activist legislating? Same-sex marriage advances in NH; guv remains mum on veto

It seems like only recently that conservative anti-marriage-equality groups insisted that the issue of same-sex marriage should be decided not by a single person, such a judge, but by democratically elected, representative bodies like state legislatures.  That, of course, was before such bodies started voting in favor of marriage equality in states like Vermont and, now, New Hampshire. 

Now such groups insist that a single person -- a governor -- veto such activist legislating.  They tried and failed with that gambit in Vermont, where the veto was overridden, but are trying again in New Hampshire.

"The New Hampshire Senate voted narrowly on Wednesday to legalize same-sex marriage, paving the way for the state to potentially become the fifth in the nation — and the third this month — to allow gay couples to wed," reports the New York Times.  A similar bill has already passed the state House of Representatives.

Frustrated with the people's elected legislators, the anti-marriage "National Organization for Marriage" promises to intensively lobby Gov. John Lynch to veto the bill.  Lynch has not revealed his intentions. 

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