Posts tagged ‘New Hampshire’

April 30th, 2009

Today’s letter – Help New Hampshire Avoid California’s Mistake

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

New Hampshire is on the verge of converting their year-old “Civil Union” structure into full and proper marriage. HB 436 only needs the Governor’s signature to become law.

Sound familiar? It should. That was the choice you were faced with in 2007 when you vetoed AB 43, the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act.

I wrote to Governor Lynch to point out that after you vetoed AB 43, I was sad that my friends would have to go to Massachusetts to get married instead of Disneyland; humiliated that my religious beliefs were made subservient to those of others; and outraged that my Governor thought he was more worthy of marriage than I.

I realize that you didn’t get through to Vermont Governor Jim Douglas in time to stop his veto, but could you give John Lynch a call (you can do that, right?) (try 603-271-2121 in case you don’t have it) and tell him why, as you said, you would have signed AB 43 if you were legally able.

It’s a chance to be cohesive instead of divisive.

Sincerely,

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April 30th, 2009

Letter to New Hampshire Governor John Lynch

Governor John Lynch
State House
25 Capitol Street
Concord, NH 03301

April 30, 2009

Dear Governor Lynch,

I live in California where our Governor was sent two same-sex marriage bills and vetoed them both.

  • It was painful to have my governor say that he is better at deciding who I can marry than I am.
  • It was sad to watch our friends go to Canada and Massachusetts to get married instead of Disneyland.
  • It was confusing to our children to have parents who weren’t married.
  • It was humiliating to have my religion and beliefs made subservient to others.

Please, before you make your decision on HB 436, talk to your wife and ask her about what the professionals in pediatrics agree: there is nothing wrong with gay marriage. Then imagine your life if you were Domestic Partnered instead of married.

Call Governor Schwarzenegger (you can do that, right?) and ask him if he regrets his veto: he has said he does.

And invoke the words of former Wisconsin Governor Lee Sherman Dreyfus who signed the first statewide gay rights law in the United States in 1982: “It is a fundamental tenet of the Republican Party that government ought not to intrude in the private lives of individuals where no state purpose is served, and there is nothing more private or intimate than who you live with and who you love.”

Yours,

P.S. I know you are a Democrat – act like one and sign this human rights bill!

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January 3rd, 2008

Today’s letter – What it means to live free

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

New Hampshire’s motto is “live free or die” and they demonstrated that, partially, by introducing civil unions for gay couples yesterday.

No, it’s not real marriage like their neighbor Massachusetts has had since 2004, but it is a big reversal for a state that banned gay couples from marriage just three years ago.

So hurray for states like New Hampshire that recognize that living free requires the freedom to choose your own relationships: there is hope for them – and for us – that freedom will not forever stop short of the freedom to marry.

Yours,

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