Ellen Andersen

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Filed By Ellen Andersen | April 19, 2007 9:00 PM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: New Hampshire, New Jersey, SJR-7

Fox News is reporting that New Hampshire Governor John Lynch will sign a civil unions bill if it comes to his desk. The New Hampshire House passed a civil unions bill on April 4th by a nearly 2-to-1 majority. The State Senate is expected to vote on the bill next week.

Look, I'm really thrilled that SJR-7 died in committee this year and I know a lot of people (including myself) worked hard to convince legislators about the wide-ranging potential consequences of the amendment's language. But ever so often, I wonder what it'd be like to live in a state where the legislative debate was over improving the legal status of same-sex couples rather than harming it. I'm just saying...

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are there still people in New Hampshire doing the liertarian separatism thing?

Zach Adamson | April 20, 2007 6:58 AM

It'll come.. NH is much more liberal than Indiana. So it would be nuts to think we'd be at the same place. I'm still amazed we've come this far. As over due as it is..
I was talking to some straight friends the other day about the Pride fest of days gone by.
Some of you might remember the old pride fest we used to have on the Circle every year and how the whole thing used to be televised. I remember knowing Phyllis and Marla way back then so I know they remember.
Remember there used to be about 50 people celebrating on one quad of the circle and surrounded by about 100 protesters. That was back in the early-mid 90's. Now there are thousands of priders and 10 protesters.. Some are the same ones from before..I recognize them by that inbred look. Things took decades so we could get to that point to have pride fests on the circle. And in a short 10 years we're where we are today. So things, by comparison are moving at lighting speed. I think it would be a much less bloody battle if we didnt try and rush things so much. I know its hard, because were right. But yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. It will come.
Funny thing to remember too. Remember back then when we used to have the public access TV and we had Gay TV back then? Remember how event though it was a very short program we rarely had anything to show on it so they just reran over and over the pride fest and the picnics out at that lake that the Unicorn used to throw for the 4th of July? Funny we dont have one now. I seem to remember a lot of things the Gay community used to do here. At least 2-3 picnics a year, the pride fest on the circle, gay volleyball, Seems we'd have so much more to have on the air just from the political stuff.. Maybe its something we can work on again. Getting some of the fun stuff back as well as getting public access TV back too. Hmmm..

Ellen Andersen | April 20, 2007 8:49 AM

I agree that eventually we'll be having the New Hampshire conversation here, and that the LGBT community in Indy has come a heck of a long way since the mid-90s. I'm just saying that it's tiring fighting a rear-guard action all the time, ya know?

Oh, I agree, Ellen! It's enough to drive you nuts constantly being on the defensive instead of being pro-active. That's one of my biggest complaints about being gay in Indiana. Could we just get our shit together long enough to try and shape how our future should look instead of constantly only reacting to negatives? Let's start planning ahead, fer crying out loud!