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Thursday, June 4, 2009

And New Hampshire Makes Six!

The state of New Hampshire became the fifth state out of the six New England states and the sixth state in the United States (including Iowa) to legalize same sex marriage. This leaves Rhode Island as the only state in New England where same sex marriage is still illegal. California had legalized same sex marriage but it was overturned in November via Proposition 8.

Perhaps the most transformative aspect of living in a state where same sex marriage was legalized May 17, 2004 is that the sky did not fall. None of the dire predictions and specious arguments made by the opponents came to pass - in particular the idea that allowing same sex couples to marry would undermine “traditional” marriage between a man and a woman. It didn’t happen. And that wonderful, ho hum normalcy has been one of the most powerful arguments in favor of marriage equality.

5 comments:

Sue said...

Hey - same sex marriages were legalized in your state on my birthday, the day after Jake was born! Had to be a good thing!!

Sue x

Pink Granite said...

Hi Sue -
One more reason to celebrate the day!!!
;o)
- Lee

George Geder said...

In the land of Harvey Milk; how could they let that happen?

It'll be a glorious day when you report that " X became the 50th state to quit tripping and legalize same sex marriage".

Congrats to New Hamshire!

Peace,
"Guided by the Ancestors"

Pink Granite said...

Hi George -
You summed it up perfectly!
;o)
- Lee

Anonymous said...

RI needs to catch up soon!! CC