48 Responses to Equality Watch: HB 437

  1. Putney Swope March 21, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    Cline said on WGIR this morningthat he thinks the bill will be defeated.  

    • FrankLloydMike March 21, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

      You mean he thinks it won’t even get a majority in to send it to the Senate? Or did he mean it won’t pass with enough votes to override a veto? I’ll be very impressed–and for once in the last year-and-a-half, not embarrassed by news from Concord–if it fails to get even a majority today.

      • cblodg March 21, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

        I’d be doubly surprised if it outright died in the House.  Though, I have a sneaking suspicion that if that happened I’m sure Bully would find some way of Reconsideration later on in the session or even day.

        Please NH House, surprise me in a good way today!

  2. Putney Swope March 21, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

    It will not pass in the House

    • cblodg March 21, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

      I doubt the Speaker will even bring it to a vote.  He won’t be embarrassed by this.  He and the leadership have put their necks on the line for it.

      If he even has an inkling it won’t pass, he won’t bring the vote.  

    • unhhockey March 21, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

      I can understand how they wouldn’t have enough votes for an override of a veto, but how can they not have enough votes in that freak show to pass it?

      • cblodg March 21, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

        I didn’t hear the interview so I can only speculate that they wouldn’t have the votes to over turn the expected veto.

  3. Tim C. March 21, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

    196-124, IIRC, to give each side 10 minutes, each speaker max 5 minutes, if I understand it correctly.

    This applies to all debates today.

    Currently in a confusion over a motion to ITL a motion to reconsider CACR 11, to put a constitutional amendment limiting judges to 5-year terms on the November ballot. It didn’t have the votes to pass earlier today when it was taken off the table. Motion fails 172-176. Speaker “rules that there is no further business to be done on CACR 11.” That’s a new one to me.

    • mevansnh March 21, 2012 at 10:55 pm #
      • Lucy Weber March 22, 2012 at 7:54 am #

        You have to get a 3/5 vote of the body, currently 239, to pass a CACR.   So if you vote Ought to pass, and the bill gets , say 230 votes, that CACR does not pass.  The next motion should be Inecpedient to legislate, but if those same 230 people vote AGAINST ITL, that does not pass either.  Our tradition has been ( in the absence of motions to Special Order, or Table or such)  to simply give up and move on.  In the case of regular bills, which just need simple majority, you need a positive ITL vote to get the bill to die.

  4. Tim C. March 21, 2012 at 11:31 pm #

    “destoination cancer hospitals” are given the go-ahead, 198-161, and reconsideration is killed.

    For those who don’t know what “reconsideration is killed” means, you may entirely ignore it. It essentially means, “Yeah, we meant that last vote.”

    Now on to CACR 26, “Providing that the article authorizing the chief justice of the supreme court to make rules governing the administration of all the courts of the state shall be repealed.”

  5. Tim C. March 21, 2012 at 11:48 pm #

    It needed 239 votes.

    Jasper moves to table.

    • Tim C. March 21, 2012 at 11:49 pm #

      Now he can revive it later after arm-twisting.

      • Tim C. March 21, 2012 at 11:52 pm #

        Apparently needs ten minutes to decide on twisting arms or going for CACR 22, Providing that the chief justice shall adopt court rules with the concurrence of the general court.

      • Tim C. March 22, 2012 at 12:05 am #

        Now the Speaker has to either get someone to ask for reconsideration and come up with two more votes, or decide to give up on it and go for CACR 22, which he skipped over earlier to get to the (presumably preferred) CACR 26.

      • Chuck Townsend March 22, 2012 at 12:10 am #

        Rep. Hess got his arm twisted.

        Roll Call requested.

        Previous vote on CACR 26 was by division, so the speaker does not know who voted against it.

        Rep. Jasper says we have a couple of more people in the hall now.

        Vote is 242/111. Vote carries, so we will vote on OtP again.

        • FrankLloydMike March 22, 2012 at 12:32 am #

          Anyone who can be arm-twisted into amending the constitution probably does not belong in public service. If someone can’t feel strongly enough about changing the document that defines state government to withstand a little berating by an angry bearded flatlander, then I don’t think they should be trusted with a crucial vote.

    • Chuck Townsend March 22, 2012 at 12:13 am #

      Motion carries by the necessary 60%

  6. Tim C. March 22, 2012 at 12:14 am #

    Rep. Weber asks, in PI, for those tired of “do-overs and game-playing” to vote No. Is hissed as she walks away from podium. Speaker has no comment.

    CACR 26 passes, 239-114.

  7. Tim C. March 22, 2012 at 12:23 am #

    Dan McGuire talks @ his lesbian mom, sister, other relative in long, long lesbian relationships.

    Is still in favor of repeal, because American Heritage Dictionary, extreme political correctness.

    Is wearing dapper pink shirt.

  8. Tim C. March 22, 2012 at 12:31 am #

    Seems to be reading a high school report on marriage.

    Marriage exists to solve a problem, namely, what to do about what can result from sex between men and women which cannot result from sex between two same-sex people.

    “For me, it’s simple; it’s purely based on biology.”

    “Your concern, as a state and society, is on my (ability to procreate.)”

    “The cited benefits cannot be granted without telling a lie about what marriage is.”

    “No one is arguing that gay marriages will make marriages crumble tomorrow.” Tell that to David Bates. But it will “contribute to the (undermining) of marriage.”

  9. Tim C. March 22, 2012 at 12:43 am #

    Bates moves his floor amendment.

    Mirski gets opinion of chair (currently Bettencourt) that Bates amendment is divisible (between two issues of repealing marriage and putting non-binding referendum question on the ballot).

    Hopkinton Rep. (Richardson?) challenges division ruling.

    Jasper speaks in favor, so that the two parts can be considered separately.

    Division fails, 173-179.

    • Lucy Weber March 22, 2012 at 8:08 am #

      Rep. Bates, who drafted the perfectly awful committee amendment, later drafted the amendment reinstating “true” civil unions and asking for the “non-binding” but still non-clarifying referendum, and he and repeal supporters were instrumental in defeating the committee amendment, because they wanted the vote to be on the later amendment.  Further on in the debate, when the later amendment had been defeated, suddenly Rep. Guida was moving reconsideration of the very amendment they had asked the House to vote down.

  10. Tim C. March 22, 2012 at 12:51 am #

    Said stuff. Wasn’t really listening. Gaveled out of time.

    David Welch speaks against referendum, calls it foolish. Says if you wanted a referendum, you should have written a bill for it.

    Welch says he voted against allowing same-sex marriage all the way, then says he’s against taking away rights from people, asks reps to vote against Bates amendment.

    Jasper: don’t ask people what they think after you vote on something. Oppose amendment.

  11. Tim C. March 22, 2012 at 12:53 am #

    If you believe marriage is between one man and one woman, you have that right. If you don’t believe it, you have that right. Keep gov’t out of religion. Oppose amendment.

  12. Tim C. March 22, 2012 at 1:07 am #

    Manuse moves reconsideration of dividing bill, cause he really, really wants to get people’s opinion.

    Mirski agrees (I think; hard to understand him.)

    Tammy Simmons disagrees: we’re not a referendum state.

    Dan Itse also against referendum, therefore for division.

    Reconsideration fails by wide margin.

  13. Tim C. March 22, 2012 at 1:08 am #

    Bates counters uninterestingly.

  14. Tim C. March 22, 2012 at 1:14 am #

    O tempora! O mores! yada yada yada

    Manuse moves floor amendment 1097h, Jasper complains that it’s forbidden under house rules because it’s substantially the same as a bill killed by the house last year. DJ concurs, rules motion out of order. 1097h seems to be the “no more marriages for anyone” bill.

  15. Tim C. March 22, 2012 at 1:15 am #

    Lots of red lights against tabling.

  16. Tim C. March 22, 2012 at 1:18 am #

    Banning left-handed marriages.

    Some twit objects to the consideration of the motion, objects to being held up to ridicule.


  17. Tim C. March 22, 2012 at 1:37 am #

    Says romantic dinner in Goffstown involves hot dogs around a campfire. This is undoubtedly relevant somehow.

  18. Tim C. March 22, 2012 at 1:41 am #

    “Once you breach the definition of a word, it’s open for redefinition.”

    “Then, Muslims! They need lots of kids to take over the world, they need lots of wives!” Hissed.

    Then, polyamory. Then, animals. Then gaveled out of time by DJ, just as he was getting on a roll.


  19. Tim C. March 22, 2012 at 1:44 am #

    “My personal life is my personal life.”

    Speaks of strong Christian faith.

    My mother convinced me that God loves all of his children.

    “I cannot say enough, God loves us all.”

    “That said, God is my judge; this legislative body is not my judge.”

    “What goes on with my god is (not your business).”

    “Thank you God, for giving me the courage to come before this body today.”

  20. Tim C. March 22, 2012 at 1:50 am #

    US Supreme Court says sodomy is okay.

    Says marriage equality isn’t completely equal because siblings, relatives not allowed to marry.

    If we can say brothers can’t marry, then we can restrict marriage to a man and a woman.

    Gaveled out of time.

  21. Tim C. March 22, 2012 at 1:57 am #

    Recalls busing in Orange County, when some of his friends disappeared from the classroom and inner city kids appeared. His grandfather told him about his earlier days in south Georgia, when he was asked why he let his black workers ride up front in the truck instead of in the back where they belonged. Grandfather told them, in less polite words, to mind their own business because, as he told Rep. Ball, he worked with them and he knew that they were people, just like him. And that’s what this bill is about. People just like us.

    “This bill needs to be put down. … Put this dog down like it deserves to be.”

  22. Tim C. March 22, 2012 at 2:01 am #

    Cartwright moves something or other that lost 82-266 earlier today. Giuda supports, Simmons opposes.

    Vaillancourt now opposing. No fireworks.

    Baldasaro! Tell us an angry story, Al. Oh look, he is. Can we have a nice quote like Rep. Groen gave us? We know you want to.

  23. Tim C. March 22, 2012 at 2:09 am #

    Anti-repeal: Simmons.

    Pro-repeal: Bates.

  24. Tim C. March 22, 2012 at 2:10 am #

    No real attempt at argument, just a plea.

    • FrankLloydMike March 22, 2012 at 2:15 am #

      It’s looking like even in a House with three Republicans for every Democrat, a plea is all this pathetic man can muster. His arguments and focus have no place in New Hampshire, or in the 21st century. It’s starting to look like they may have no place even in a Republican super-majority.

  25. Tim C. March 22, 2012 at 2:12 am #

    Simmons moves ITL, breaks down halfway through.

    • FrankLloydMike March 22, 2012 at 2:20 am #

      I really didn’t expect this much of a victory. It’s been a long time since I’ve been proud of anything the NH legislature has done. Obviously, I’d rather that this had never come up–our neighbors and friends don’t deserve to have their rights debated, but on the bright side–does this make NH the only state to vote twice in favor of marriage equality?

  26. Tim C. March 22, 2012 at 2:24 am #

    Flamboyant but appropriate history lesson re women’s right to vote, lynch laws, American refusal to take away rights once granted.

    ITL passes 211-116.

    Good night and good luck.

    (And Jen Coffey moves reconsideration, urging a No vote. Division called. And the red lights aren’t working: it is literally impossible to vote no. The circus rolls on….)

    • Tim C. March 22, 2012 at 2:26 am #

      asks Rep. who requested division vote to withdraw his request, as it’ll apparently take 7 or 8 minutes to fix problem.

      Rep refuses. House waits around doing nothing in hot room on beautiful day, not allowed to leave seats.

      • Tim C. March 22, 2012 at 2:27 am #

        Obviously 29 reps fled hastily.

        And that’s a wrap.

        • Tim C. March 22, 2012 at 2:31 am #

          Chair issues a Call of the House: members to be rounded up, barred from leaving.

          • Tim C. March 22, 2012 at 2:35 am #

            Says only House has that authority.

            Speaker rules that Speaker has that authority.

            Soltani challenges ruling, speaks to challenge. If we allow the Speaker to arrest members, we insult all the blood that has been shed for our freedom. “This authority does not exist. It comes out of thin air.”

  27. mevansnh March 22, 2012 at 3:17 am #

    for all the updates this afternoon.  Here’s one guy whose very grateful to you blogging as well as for all those who voted to retain marriage equality in this state.  Also, a huge thank you to Jim S. for all he did to make this happen in the first place.

    • susanthe March 22, 2012 at 3:23 am #

      Thank you to everyone who stopped by to post updates.

      A special thanks to Tim for doing such a great job with play by play AND color commentary.

      This is a BIG, BIG public failure for Bates and the O’Brien junta.  

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