Finally. N.H. democratic governor John Lynch should sign gay marriage legislation into law this afternoon. The bill originally stalled because the governor wanted to make sure the legislation clarified that clergy, religious organizations would not be "forced" to participate in same-sex ceremonies, as same-sex marriage opponents were claiming (a common scare tactic). Or as Nick8 would remind us: "More dominoes falling!" New Hampshire is domino #6 to fall. -------------------- Also, I posted something yesterday about the NY marriage legislation possibly being "in peril"... What's happening? Is this thing dematerializing? From today's Advocate website: N.Y. Senators Polled on Marriage Vote By Julie Bolcer Results from an exclusive survey of New York state senators released today by NY1 show that marriage-equality legislation could be in peril, according to the New York Citybased cable news channel. The question of where many lawmakers stand on the bill remains a highly sensitive subject among Albany insiders. NY1 asked all 62 lawmakers how they would vote on the bill should it be brought to a vote before the legislative session ends in three weeks. According to the tally, 27 senators -- 22 Republicans and five Democrats -- would oppose the bill, while 20 Democrats would support it. Ten senators said they were undecided, and five declined to say where they stand. The marriage-equality legislation needs 32 votes to pass the senate, which means that if only four of the 15 undecided or undeclared senators voted against it, the bill would fail. N.Y. Senators Polled on Marriage Vote | News | Advocate.com -------------------- Anyway. I'm glad New Hampshire is happening now. I got a bit depressed after the CA Supreme Court upheld the prop 8 ban (those awful conservative anti-marriage equality groups like the National Organization for Marriage were claiming"victory" -- and Fox News anchors were smirking while conveying the news). This is all connected to something bigger than gay marriage. Marriage equality means that 12-year-old gay kid growing up in Kansas can envision a future life were gay people are accepted as normal. The normalization of gay people. I grew up in the 1980's, and I think it would have been more healthy to envision a life for myself beyond gay bars and gay ghettos and a sexual life of one-night-stands.