NH GOP - LYNCH PUTS "POLITICS" OVER "PRINCIPLE"

“It is obvious from his statement this afternoon that Gov. John Lynch has made a calculated political decision on the gay marriage bill. Whether or not the Legislature goes along with the changes he seeks, and we think it will, the fact is that Lynch has decided that politics wins over principle.”

 

-Union Leader On Governor Lynch’s Politically Motivated Same-Sex Marriage Flip-Flop

 

 

Gov. “Flinch” Lets Down New Hampshire

Union Leader

By Joseph McQuaid

May 14, 2009

 

It is obvious from his statement this afternoon that Gov. John Lynch has made a calculated political decision on the gay marriage bill. Whether or not the Legislature goes along with the changes he seeks, and we think it will, the fact is that Lynch has decided that politics wins over principle.

 

That must be a great disappointment to the people of New Hampshire, no matter on what side of this issue they find themselves.

As this newspaper has pointed out, Lynch has said repeatedly that he believes the institution of marriage is and should be preserved for one man and one woman. Civil unions, which Lynch signed, cover any legal question of equity for homosexual couples. Protecting marriage is not a question of equity.

 

Neither Lynch nor the Democratic legislative majority embraced gay marriage as a campaign issue. The legislators were largely silent. Lynch gave every indication that he was opposed, as a matter of deep-seated belief.

 

Now, he has decided there are votes on both sides of this issue and he is trying to get them both, giving himself cover with his request for changes in the bill. But the fact remains that he thinks he can get away with this waffling position and still win a record-breaking fourth term next year.

 

We don’t think so. We think Gov. “Flinch,’’ as we heard him described the other day, has just lost, big time.

 

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