Thursday, April 30, 2009

New Hampshire Senate votes for same-sex marriage

By Michael J.W. Stickings

It wasn't a decisive vote -- just 13-11 for legislation that includes legal protections for anti-gay religious groups -- but it's nothing if not a step in the right direction in a state that, while generally libertarian, is fairly red. (The House passed similar legislation last month.)

While I think that same-sex marriage is a right that can and ought to be articulated by the courts, when necessary, it is refreshing to see democratic legislatures, as opposed to appointed judges, leading the way.

Anti-gay bigotry is alive and well across the land, of course, but it is pretty clear where the country is headed.

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