The saga continues. There will be a hearing next week on the Lynch amendment which the Governor is requiring prior to singing Same-Sex Marriage into law.
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Concord, NH – Today, Senate Minority Leader Peter Bragdon (R-Milford) issued the following statement in response to Governor Lynch’s gay marriage proposal:
"It appears Governor Lynch has flip-flopped on gay marriage. After saying for years that marriage should be between a man and a woman, he has issued a last-minute proposal to allow for gay marriage in New Hampshire. The gay marriage bill has been in front of the Legislature for five months, yet we always find ourselves looking at last-minute changes.”
“True leadership on this issue would involve making one's opinions known early in the process."
Gay marriage legislation (HB 436) was introduced on January 8, 2009 and has moved through the House and Senate. The bill is awaiting action from Governor Lynch.
“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
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.
The short story is that the Governor has PROMISED TO SIGN
Same-Sex Marriage into law if modest changes are made to
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CONCORD – Today, former New Hampshire Governor and Republican State Committee Chairman John H. Sununu released the following statement on Governor Lynch’s comments on same-sex marriage:
“Once again Governor Lynch has discovered a way to be against something and for it at the same time. I wish he would spend as much time trying to cut spending in the budget as he obviously has trying to find a way to straddle the same-sex marriage issue and wiggle out of his commitment to traditional marriage.”