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A New Hampshire Marriage

Many real issues are abstract right up until they aren’t. Last summer, this space took the soon-to-be head of the Tucker Foundation to task for stances that he, and organizations with which he had worked, had taken towards homosexuality and gay marriage. Bishop James Tengatenga responded weakly and politically to the concerns of students and the opinions expressed here, and President Hanlon chose not to fulfill the offer that the College had made to him. Phil made a good decision that day.

Gay marriage has always been an easy ideological question for me. On civil rights grounds, the sincere desire of two mature people to enjoy the legal rights bestowed by marriage should not be impeded due to their gender. Arguments that extending such a right to same-sex couples would undermine the sanctity of man-woman relations just do not hang together. Would gay men and women seek opposite-sex partners just because the state did not allow them to be wedded to the person of their choice? The fallacy of that argument should be clear to anyone observing the world around us.

And then there is Cassie, who coordinates the 30 trainers and 400 clients in my Hanover business’ personal training program. She’s sharp, funny, even-tempered, ever-cheerful, and a joy to work with. She was married to her long-time partner Valerie two weekends ago. How can one be opposed to allowing a person to be married to someone that they love?

Cassie and Valerie.jpg

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