Friday, May 15, 2009

With Apologies To Tim Gunn: Make It Work


Well, it looks like it's gonna happen.

Yesterday, up New Hampshire way, Governor John Lynch said he would sign legislation to legalize same-sex marriage if the bill gives the "strongest and clearest" protection for individuals who don’t wish to take part due to their religious beliefs.

Sounds good to me. We don't need no stinking churches; we need marriage equality.

The suggested change would give legal protection to individuals working directly for a religious organization or an entity that a religious group owns or controls.The change, however, would not permit a self-employed photographer or caterer to refuse to work because a same-sex marriage ceremony violated their own religious beliefs.

Portsmouth Democratic Representative James Splaine, the primary sponsor of the marriage equality bill said they will study Lynch’s suggested change, but that this marked a big turning point for the campaign to make New Hampshire the sixth state to legalize marriage for gay and lesbian couples.

"The important thing is John Lynch has said today he comes down on the side of marriage equality in New Hampshire," Splaine said."Now the question is how do we make it work."

I for one don't care how you make it work, just do it.

3 comments:

The Peoples Program said...

This is another indication that the face of our country is changing. Not for better or worse.

I believe that the institution of marriage should be reserved for a man/woman relationship but it appears that more than a few governors don't believe the same thing. I accept it, move on, and realize that many are liberated by this legislation.

I feel that my home state of NJ may be the next to enact same same-sex legislation.

Even though I don't necessarily agree I applaud these governors for standing up for what they believe in. With any mass movement it's always the first few that have to make the toughest s because they are subject to the most criticism.

Ryan

Joy said...

I wish it would be called "marriage equality" by everyone and am glad to see that it's catching on.

Mark in DE said...

I, too, hope they can "make it work".