It’s been a good week for the gay rights movement. On Monday, President Obama declared that June 2009 is LGBT Pride Month. Also Monday came word of the Nevada legislature overriding the governor’s veto on a Domestic Partnership law in Nevada. But the real capstone came yesterday, when, after some back-and-forth and amendments, New Hampshire’s governor signed the same sex marriage law that the legislature had passed earlier.
The New Hampshire law was passed by the legislature, and it includes extensive protections for religious organizations. Thus, two of the common themes in the church’s Proposition 8 campaign — that same-sex marriage is an antidemocratic imposition by judges, and that same-sex marriage will force churches or church-owned institutions to accept same-sex marriage contrary to their doctrine — do not seem to apply in the New Hampshire case. One suspects that this is the future of the movement — democratically passed marriage statutes with broad respect for religious organizations.
As they say in New Hampshire, live free or die.