Shameful rhetoric from lawmaker

Last modified: 3/21/2012 12:00:00 AM
Republican Rep. David Bates of Windham doesn't like gays being married in New Hampshire. He's been on a mission for two years.

In 2010, Bates led a statewide, town meeting warrant article petition drive asking voters to define marriage on the November ballot. Bates's mini-referendum could only manage 26 percent support.

In 2011, Bates led an effort to put a constitutional amendment in the hands of voters, thus requiring a two-thirds majority to enshrine discrimination in the state Constitution. He dropped the effort in November.

Now Bates is again leading the charge to strip civil rights from our neighbors. Today, the House will debate HB 437. His amendment would subject the civil rights of gay citizens to majority rule this November.

In support of his bill, Bates is citing transmission rates of sexually transmitted diseases among gay couples, arguing the state shouldn't adopt a public policy that is dangerous to people's health. This is shameful. We expect our representatives to do better.

New Hampshire proudly supports the civil rights of all citizens. The marriage laws of this state do not infringe on anyone's rights, do not deny equal treatment under the law, and do not require Bates's attention.

I urge all representatives to vote against Bates's pet project, which continually wastes time and taxpayer money to the detriment of New Hampshire's dignity. If I were a state representative, I would.

AARON GILL

Deering

(The writer is a candidate for the New Hampshire House.)




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