Posts Tagged ‘New Hampshire’

Pending signature by the Governor, New Hampshire votes to legalize same sex marriage

April 29, 2009

In a 13-10 vote today, the New Hampshire Senate passed legislation that would allow same sex marriage in the state.  An amendment was added to the bill that allows clergy members to refuse to marry gay couples.

The storm is coming.

The storm is coming.

Civil marriages will now be for both opposite sex and same sex couples.  Before the bill passed clergy could refuse to marry couples for any variety of reasons.  Let’s say I want to get married to a Catholic girl, in a Catholic Church, but refuse to raise my children Catholic.  The priest would refuse to marry us.  In other words, the additional amendment is just to appease religious types.  Clergy have always had that right.

Democratic governor John Lynch still needs to sign the bill, but he’ll get enormous pressure from fellow Democrats to do just that, even if he claims that he “personally believes marriage should be between a man and a woman.”

Congrats to the people of New Hampshire.  Now more gay-tolerant than the entire west coast.

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Full Story: Concord Monitor

New Hampshire committee recommends medical marijuana bill

April 23, 2009

A bill that would allow medical marijuana use in the state of New Hampshire has received the green light from the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.   The bill will arrive at the full Senate floor next week.

Legalize it.

Legalize it.

If it passes, New Hampshire will be the 14th state to legalize medical marijuana.  Patients will be able to legally smoke on January 1, 2010.  Seems a bit late, eh?

Now we just need to stop federal prosecutors from busting up perfectly legal medical marijuana dispensaries.

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Full Story: Union Leader

New Hampshire rejects “Bad Parent” smoking bill

March 25, 2009

Smokers have it rough.  After being sequestered from bars, casinos, and restaurants, it’s hard to find a place to enjoy the sweet sensation of burning lung cells.  But thanks to the New Hampshire state legislature, smokers will retain the right to smoke in their cars while their children are with them.

I thought this was America.

I thought this was America.

I think we can all agree that secondhand smoke can be dangerous to children.  But so is fast food, excessive television, and allowing them to believe they can be a rocket scientist when they can barely do long division.

I think it’s fine that some restaurants and bars want to remain smoke-free.  Lots of people prefer it that way and I have no problem with it.  But these laws that legislate that a private business MUST prohibit smoking are ridiculous.  As Americans, we have the freedom to make bad decisions by exposing ourselves to any number of risky behaviors.   Put a skull and crossbones label on cigarette boxes and fast food wrappers and call it a day.

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