Mrs. Hump and I wrote Governor Lynch to express our support for the law. We reminded him that ten years from now, when gay marriage is the norm across the country, that his opposition to the law will be analogous to the religious fanatics and hate mongers who opposed inter-racial marriage and made it illegal in some states not so very long ago; politicians who today are roundly deplored and held up as examples of the worst kind of Americans. I’m betting he’ll sign the law.
What prompted us to write the governor was a story in The Baptist Press that called upon the faithful from across the country to phone the NH governor’s office encouraging him to veto the law. I hate it when religious nuts from outside NH try and meddle in NH affairs. Here’s the whole story: http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=30411
Naturally, they invoked scripture as their justification for opposition, while pledging they held no homophobic or intolerant feelings toward gays (as though there is some difference between their religion’s support of homophobia / subjugation of human rights and their own.) Churches across the country are in a veritable frenzy over New England’s shift toward gay marriage acceptance.
Anyway, along with emailing the governor’s office, I dropped the good Christian’s at Baptist Press a thank you note for raising my awareness. Here it is:
Dear Baptist Press,
If we hadn't read your story, my wife and I wouldn't have realized there was an organized attempt by people outside of NH to try and influence our Governor to veto the Gay Marriage Bill. Now that we know this, we have been moved to contact Gov. Lynch and implore him to support equal rights and recognition of all humans and sign the bill.
It wasn't long ago that religious fanatics and racist government officials forbade inter-racial marriage. Most of us look back on those days as an embarrassment, indicative of the worse kind of ignorance and hate. The scripture was misused back then too, to suborn those hateful laws.
It doesn't surprise us that Baptists were at the forefront of that effort as well. Religious fanaticism often breeds hate, intolerance, and false claims of higher morality. The first President of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, Furman, proved that when he invoked scripture to justify slavery in the 19th century. I’m sure you are proud.
Our guess is life will go on long after homosexuals marry, and religionists have been reduced to the irrelevance they so justly deserve.
[real address], NH