Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Gay marriage? Still alive and kicking.

According to HRC (Human Rights Campaign) the State House of Hawaii just passed a bill protecting the rights of same-sex couples in the form of civil unions, HRC has been working with Equality Hawaii since 2008 to get this passed and now the bill only has to get through the state Senate to be put in practice.

HRC's president, Joe Solmonese, had this to say to the Hawaiian government:

The Human Rights Campaign congratulates the Hawaii House of Representatives for overwhelmingly supporting the equal dignity and respect of Hawaii’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families. No child of a same-sex family should have to grow up with less protections or thinking their family is less legitimate or loving than others.

In other news the feelings in New Hampshire about gay marriage are greatly in favor of keeping the law. About 2/3 of the population if the numbers on the polls are correct.

A gay rights advocacy group’s poll found nearly two-thirds of adults oppose repealing the state’s two-year-old law legalizing same-sex marriage in New Hampshire.
The poll of the New Hampshire Freedom to Marry Coalition found more intense views among those who want to keep the law compared to those who want to repeal it.
 The article does not mention the name of the advocacy group, nor does it give a link to the information from the poll, but it does have a break down of some of the data...I would still prefer to look at the data myself though.

I would like the information to be true, but I'm not the only one with a few doubts apparently.

A spokesman for the socially-conservative, Cornerstone Action NH group, said he doubted the accuracy of this poll and one from the University of New Hampshire Survey Center earlier this week that found 59 percent support for the law.
“Is there an overwhelming majority that wants to repeal the law? No but there is strong support for doing away with it and that’s the mainstream is of New Hampshire and the Republican Party that is the clear majority in Concord,” said Executive Director Kevin Smith.

 Of course you remember my post on Barbara Bush and other various Republican women from last week and if you have been keeping up with the news then you know that GOProud (the new name for the Log Cabin Republicans) is having a very large presence at CPAC this year, an occurrence so offensive to some Republicans that they are skipping the event altogether. Why am I not surprised that Palin is among them?

All of this is beginning to give me the idea that the majority of the Republican party may, possibly, be joining us int the 21st century and changing their party line on gay rights.

And, hey, even if they aren't...states will keep passing the laws.

Change is inevitable.

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