With more than a little stellar help from my technical producer Joe Lahr, for this week’s Liberty Express, I’ve put together an entire hour of highlights of the House debate on same sex marriage repeal last week.
Arriving at the studio with a DVD of the two hour debate, I wondered how I could get everything I wanted in the show without hours and hours of editing. An hour later, it was done.
Joe’s abilities border of mystical and magical; he’s the most underpaid public servant around (and I don’t say that about many people).
The show airs Tuesday at 11 p.m., Thursday at 9 p.m. and Sunday at noon on Manchester TV23 and is available on line at vimeo.com/channels/libertyx.
By no means is this a fair and balanced presentation (it is my show after all), but we manage to get in many more clips than I thought possible including comments from Representatives (all Republicans by the way):
David Welch, Shawn Jasper, and Jen Coffey on the non-binding referendum.
- Keith Murphy against the Bates amendment
- Andy Manuse moving to reconsider the motion to divide the Bates amendment (with my voice-over explanation of parliamentary games being played)
- Parliamentary inquiries from David Kidder and Bates himself;
- Mike Ball’s “put this down” speech, including the moment when a Rep tried to heckle him into silence from the floor (such lack of decorum);
- Tammy Simmons’s parliamentary inquiry opposing the ought to pass motion and her motion for inexpedient to legislate;
- My final remarks in support of killing the bill including the moment when a Rep tried to heckle me into silence from the floor (more lack of decorum);
- The vote itself.
We worked in everything I had hoped to except Manchester Rep Cameron DeJong’s speech against the bill; I’ll get to that next week.
Time remained for two other important matters. I read most of the outstanding Concord Monitor editorial from last Friday, the one praising the House for its action (I refer to it as the “12 They Voted” editorial).
A fitting seemed to be (and is) the Rod Stewart song “The Killing of Georgie”, a coming of age song from the seventies about a gay teen.
“Georgie Boy was gay I guess, nothing more and nothing less, the kindest guy I ever knew….Mother’s tears fell in vain the afternoon George tried to explain that he needed love like all the rest…Pa said there must be a mistake, how can my son not be straight, after all I’ve said and done for him.”