NH House Votes to Study Gay Discrimin...

NH House Votes to Study Gay Discrimination Measure

There are 3 comments on the EDGE story from Apr 30, 2014, titled NH House Votes to Study Gay Discrimination Measure. In it, EDGE reports that:

The House has voted to study whether New Hampshire's constitution should prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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“Judge less, Love more”

Since: Apr 07

Born in Newark Ohio

#1 Apr 30, 2014
Oh goodie another study.

Reminds me of the good ole days when the Pentagon was studying us.

“Marriage Equality”

Since: Dec 07

Lakeland, MI

#2 Apr 30, 2014
It still just mystifies me that government entities are STILL pondering this issue. "SHOULD we allow people to discriminate against X group of people? Or should we NOT allow people to discriminate??? Hmmmmm.... SO much to think about it.... What are the advantages and disadvantages of allowing some people to be disadvantaged and treated like dirt so that other people can feel superior? SUCH a conundrum..... What to do, what to do.... "

WTF??? What's to think about?? When is it EVER okay to allow discrimination that disadvantages a group of people??

“Together for 24, legal for 5”

Since: Sep 07

Littleton, NH

#3 Apr 30, 2014
The original New Hampshire constitution already had strong equality language. I was actually surprised to learn that amendments specifies protected classes. Personally, I think those specifications are best left to law. The constitution should provide protections using the broadest language.

Ideally, the broad language in the constitution would obviate any need for laws identifying particular classes. Of course, we know that laws are sometimes required to make the point that discrimination on particular bases is impermissible.

Having said all that, I have mixed feelings about this constitutional amendment. If I have a chance, I will vote for it only because the constitution already enumerates specific protected classes, which could imply a lack of protection for unenumerated classes.

Unfortunately, it's been mentioned that transgendered are left out of the new constitutional wording. New Hampshire has--so far--been unable to pass even a law including protections for transgendered citizens, so the hope of passing a constitutional amendment is dim indeed.

Finally, the New Hampshire constitution may be the most difficult to amend among the states. Even without transgender protections, I think this will be extraordinarily tough to enact. Our resources could probably be put to better use elsewhere--like passing transgender-inclusive protections by law.

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