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In effort to repeal same-sex marriage, NOM now supports civil unions

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The National Organization for Marriage has endorsed a civil unions bill in New Hampshire, a stark departure from its well documented record of opposing any type of legal relationship for same-sex couples.

In a press release issued last week, the NOM announced it supports a bill sponsored by New Hampshire state Rep. David Bates (R- Windham) that calls for repealing the state’s same-sex marriage law and replace it with civil unions for any unmarried adults, including relatives.

A vote on the bill is expected on Wednesday.

“This is complete and total policy reversal coming from one of the nation’s most virulently anti-gay organizations,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. “It smells like a Mitt Romney-style flip flop for short term gain. NOM’s phoniness and opportunism never cease to amaze.”

On March 12, NOM urged “the New Hampshire legislature to pass HB 437, compromise legislation to restore civil unions for same-sex couples…”

In 2005, NOM’s president, Brian Brown, told the Associated Press it was a “dark day” when Connecticut passed civil unions legislation.

In 2011, the organization opposed civil unions in Illinois, calling it a “direct threat” to marriage. Also last year Christopher Plante, a NOM executive, told The New York Times after the Rhode Island state senate approved a civil unions bill that it was “a disappointing and dangerous day.”

Meanwhile, the NOM continues its push to end marriage equality in New Hampshire.

“Washington, D.C.-based NOM is out of step with New Hampshire values,” added Solmonese. “Strong majorities of Granite Staters continue to oppose repeal of the state’s popular marriage law enacted more than two years ago. And watering down a marriage is hardly a ‘compromise.’”

Gov. John Lynch (D) has repeatedly warned lawmakers he will veto attempts to repeal the law, which he signed in 2009.

New Hampshire is one of six states — along with the District of Columbia — where same-sex marriage is legal. The others are New York, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, and Vermont. The bill to repeal the law is unpopular with voters, with recent polling reflecting 60 percent opposition.

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26 more reader comments:

  1. Nope. Not gonna work.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 12:34am
  2. We want MARRIAGE

    Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 12:35am
  3. LOL

    Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 12:35am
  4. Good luck with that, they should know that it’s not the same as Marriage.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 12:38am
  5. That’s true, I know someone that had a Civil Union in Vermont. Now they’re in TX and no longer see each other.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 12:40am
  6. It’s because they KNOW they’re going to lose this battle!!!! This fact has become stunningly obvious!!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 12:47am
  7. I would ONLY be satisfied with “civil unions” IF IF IF they take the word “marriage” off the legal document we apply for and make it civil unions across the board…. THEN if you want a religiously sanctioned “marriage”… more power to ya!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 12:49am
  8. Ha ha, pathetic.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 1:24am
  9. Just stay the course. Our enemies are beginning to fail and fall apart! Concessions such as this is usually the last step to try to avoid their own extinction!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 1:36am
  10. I’ll take Civil Union as a stepping stone, but will not retreat.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 2:21am
  11. Pathetic jackasses!!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 4:10am
  12. Seperate but equal? Never again!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 4:48am
  13. supposes they finaly realize they’re LOSING the war to keep the ‘Big M’ all to themselves and hope to distract the LGBTQ community by throwing us a bone.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 5:04am
  14. They understand that civil unions make passing marriage less likely….pass

    Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 5:12am
  15. Textbook doublespeak and irony: Saying, in your organization name, that you are FOR marriage, even though your organization exists specifically to oppose the rights of certain adult human beings to marry each other.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 6:04am
  16. It’s too late to try to stop a moving train. Just sayin’.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 6:26am
  17. I’ve been reading Alistair Horne’s Savage War oif Peace, he describes perfectly the French efforts to crush the Muslim population, when it became clear they were losing, they changed course and offered the reforms that 10 or 20 years before might have been welcome. When they were offered so late, and from obvious weakness, they just became a provocative insult.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 6:58am
  18. hah! they know they’re losing!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 7:24am
  19. They would jut be against it once they had everything to secure their version of marriage…

    Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 7:38am
  20. Finally, some people with a heart and feelings for others. When will every support the rights of people to be happy and LIVE AND LET LIVE.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 8:20am
  21. Seriously?

    Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 8:48am
  22. What a bunch of fucking hypocrites!!!!!! God, that pisses me off…

    Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 2:40pm
  23. Oh they can suck my fat hairy fucking balls.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 2:59pm
  24. Im a gun rights antiabortion conservative with a brain. 1st amendment 101 ie., congress shall enact no laws establishing a religion, nor prohibiting the free practice thereof. what is marriage but a vow between 2 lovers and God! to prohibit gay marriage violates the 1st amendment. i cant support the 2nd amendment and piss on the 1st saying Use the force of govt to stop the religious practices that i dont agree with id be a huge hypocrite

    Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 3:55pm
  25. Cody seriously only straight guys like me have fat hairy balls you gay guys are supposed to care more about your balls looks than us strts

    Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 5:08pm
  26. The way I see it, gay men should really be off the hook more than straight guys as far as ball grooming. I mean, guys know how balls get. Women might expect things to be a little more neat down there.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 5:36pm