I think it's good to get the views and opinions of locals when commenting on a story, and here is how the Union Leader reported the signing into law same sex marriage rights in New Hampshire.
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The governor of New Hampshire is a democrat, John Lynch, who personally opposes same sex marriage.
"Today is a day to celebrate in New Hampshire. Today should not be considered a victory for some and a loss for others. Today is a victory for all the people of New Hampshire, who I believe, in our own independent way, want tolerance for all," he said.
He realizes that his personal views have nothing to do with making sure equality is recognized in his state.
Lynch said that New Hampshire has done all it can to ensure marriage equality. He said changes need to be made at the federal level next. The Defense of Marriage Act reserves federal benefits such as Social Security and federal tax breaks for traditional marriages between men and women.
Even though New Hampshire is the sixth state to currently allow same sex marriage, it does not mean that GLAD's 6 X 12 campaign has been won. GLAD's "6" means the 6 New England states, and "12" means 2012 and Rhode Island may be a tough sell. Iowa, while allowing same sex marriage, is not a New England state. They do share that early caucus/primary thing with New Hampshire, but that's about all.
Meanwhile, in Bessemer, hatred is once again raising its ugly head. Which is why you need to attend tonight's Town Hall meeting and the "after meeting."