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New Hampshire: Gay Marriage Will Lead To Sharia Law?

by David Badash on February 18, 2011

in Bigotry Watch,Civil Rights,Legislation,News

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Marriage equality repeal was the heated subject yesterday in the New Hampshire state house, where, according to reports, five hundred signed up to speak in favor of keeping marriage equality, and only forty (including NOM’s Maggie Gallagher) signed up to speak against it. Of the forty or so speakers against, a few were definitely under the cloud of the Tea Party, Fox News, and hate groups like NOM and the American Family Association.

Read: “New Hampshire Marriage Repeal: Maggie Gallagher Visits, Speaks To House

The excellent Igor Volsky at ThinkProgress put together a video of many of the more ludicrous and obviously false comments from some of the anti-equality speakers at yesterday’s New Hampshire marriage debate.

Indeed, one man in essence, did say, “Gay marriage will lead to Sharia Law.” Volsky attributes this statement to one Howard Kaufman. I cannot (via Google) track him down, but here’s what he said:

“A future redefinition of marriage that permits polygamy would facilitate the introduction an aspect of Sharia or Islamic law that permits a man to have up to four wives.”

Just for the record, Sharia law cannot possibly become law in the United States, and if anyone thinks that polygamy, bestiality, etc., would become legal in America, think about how hard it has been to get marriage equality to become law in just a few states.

Volsky offers these rather ridiculous and offensive quotes, all available in the video below, too:

REP. ALFRED BALDASARO: “The same thing happened in Canada, where they passed gay marriage. Now they’re fighting in the courts to get 3 husbands, 3 wives.”

SEN. FENTON GROEN: “[Homosexuality] will significantly increase their risk of serious diseases and can be expected to significantly shorten their lives.”

By the way, the chair of the hearings asked Rep. Baldasaro for proof. I hope someone follows up on getting that.

jpmassar at Daily Kos has a list of some more stupid comments. It’s worth a gander, if you’re in need of a laugh. Because, seriously, what else can you do about these ignorant buffoons but laugh?





That last musical part was nice.

(image via Mother Jones)



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{ 5 comments }

CornetMustich February 18, 2011 at 1:05 pm

It's the 21st century…..Enough with the marriage police…
Cheers, Joe Mustich, CT Justice of the Peace,
Red Studio Farm, Washington Green, CT USA

@karleverly February 18, 2011 at 1:56 pm

I wonder when the right will realize that not having marriage equality won't keep people from being gay. Thus, the “[Homosexuality] will significantly increase their risk of serious diseases and can be expected to significantly shorten their lives.” is total non sequitur/red herring (it's kind of both). In fact, it's likely that marriage equality will lead to more monogamous couples, and more monogamous couples mean less tinder for the fire of disease.

GaybyGod February 18, 2011 at 2:33 pm

The Taliban has arrived to NH, trying to spread untruth, fear, and hate. Taking away the rights from people born differently from themselves. – WHAT THEY SOW, SO SHALL THEY REAP!

@BearFlagCitizen February 19, 2011 at 4:00 pm

I read about this from another source. The irony is, those religious conservatives who are afraid of Sharia law, are trying vigourously to impose "good Christian morals" on the rest of the country is also sharia law, just in Christian clothing.

Ironic, no?

guest February 19, 2011 at 10:35 pm

I would be the first to agree that these statements are purely from ignorance.

I myself would love to see every state accept Gay marriage but to use propaganda

statement like "Of the forty or so speakers against, a few were definitely under the cloud of the Tea Party, Fox News, and hate groups like NOM and the American Family Association" give your article a lack of credibility.

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