Â Ryan and Mike started today’s podcast on the rapidly advancing state of SSM legislation in New England. We had the great fortune of being joined by John Hosty-Grinnell, the progressive activist behind Live, Love and Learn among other online connections.
He was in one of the in-flux states, New Hampshire, pushing equality there. That state is likely to pass SSM legislation this term in both houses. Gov. John Lynch personally opposes SSM although he signed the civil unions law there two years ago.
Our buddy doubts the override numbers are there in the Granite state.Â He suggests letting the governor and the party leadership know you support same-sex marriage for New Hampshire.
For New Hampshire specifically, the contacts for the Democratic Party are:
New Hampshire Democratic Party
2 1/2 Beacon St
Concord, NHÂ 03301
Phone: (603) 225-6899
For the governor, they are:
Office of the Governor
25 Capitol Street
Concord, NH 03301
We hit on the possibility of the six New England states legalizing SSM by 2012 (that 6 by 12 call). It seems more likely all the time. Both houses in Vermont will certainly pass their bill shortly. While Gov. Jim Davis promises a veto, there may well be an override majority.Â No longer surprisingly, Maine is not far behind. There are pro-SSM majorities in both houses and Gov. John Baldacci is pro-equality and sure to sign it.
Rhode Island with reactionary Gov.Â Donald Carcieri and conservative heads of the two houses is the smell at the bottom of the region. The legislature and public polls supporting SSM, but the lawmakers have been too timid to fight. They are looking for the governor to exit by term limits in two years. By then, they may well be the only regional state without SSM.
Listen in for the way we call these states.