New Hampshire House Voted Down Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Bill Because it Contained a Religious Liberty Protection Clause

Staver: “Same-sex ‘marriage’ agenda on a collision course with freedom”

mat_staver_21.JPGMatt Staver of Liberty Counsel (right) says the New Hampshire House vote “is clear evidence that the end game is to force clergy and religious institutions to not just accept, but to celebrate and participate in same-sex ‘marriages.’”

Liberty Counsel issued the following press release today; we added the quote marks around “marriage,” as in same-sex “marriage,” as part of our ongoing attempt to preserve the real meaning of words against the semantic onslaught of pro-homosexuality activists:

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May 21, 2009, Liberty Counsel

Manchester, NH – By a vote of 188-186, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted down a same-sex “marriage” bill because it contained a religious liberty protection clause. The state Senate had previously passed the bill along party lines by a vote of 14-10. Governor George Lynch, who is opposed to same-sex ‘marriage,’ said he would veto the bill unless it contained a religious liberty protection amendment. The amendment was added to the House version of the bill, and that is where it met opposition by an openly homosexual member of the House, who lobbied against the bill because of the amendment.

The religious liberty protection amendment would affirm the right of clergy and others affiliated with religious organizations to refuse to perform same-sex “marriage” ceremonies. However, an openly homosexual state Representative, Steve Vaillancourt from Manchester, led the opposition to the bill because he was opposed to the religious liberty amendment and said the House should not be “bullied” by the Governor. Vaillancourt supports the prior version of the bill that did not provide protections for clergy. The earlier bill passed both chambers, but the Governor said he would veto the prior bill because it lacked the religious liberty protection amendment. There are not enough votes to override a veto by the Governor.

Mathew D. Staver, Founder of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law, commented: “The good news is that the same-sex ‘marriage’ bill did not pass. The bad news is that some legislators want to force clergy to perform same-sex ‘marriages.’ This bill failed to garner enough votes because it contained a clause designed to protect clergy and religious institutions from being forced to conduct same-sex ‘marriages.’ This should be a wake-up call for people who cherish freedom. The same-sex ‘marriage’ agenda being advanced is on a collision course with the values and freedoms shared by most Americans. This is clear evidence that the end game is to force clergy and religious institutions to not just accept, but to celebrate and participate in same-sex ‘marriages.’”

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This article was posted on Thursday, May 21st, 2009 at 11:03 am and is filed under "Civil Unions" & "Gay Marriage", "Civil Unions" & "Gay Marriage", Christian Persecution, Freedom Under Fire, GLBTQ Lawsuits & Retribution, News, Semantics/stealing words, Stealing Civil Rights, The Bible, Churches, & Homosexuality. You can follow any updates to this article through the RSS 2.0 feed.

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