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New Hampshire House of Representatives Makes State Third to Redefine Marriage

Politicians deny voters right to vote on the definition of marriage.

The New Hampshire House of Representatives became the third state to expand the definition of marriage to include same-sex “marriage” today.  By just seven votes, politicians passed the legislation, despite significant public opposition to the measure.  

“This is precisely why 94% of West Virginians believe voters should strengthen the definition of marriage,” said Jeremy Dys, president and general counsel of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia.  “Public policy decisions of this magnitude should be decided by the public.  Our legislature – and all elected officials – should support the right of the people to make this decision.”

Legislators in West Virginia have been reluctant to act upon a resolution that would allow a referendum on the definition of marriage to go to the people for a vote in 2009.  Just two committee chairs in the House of Delegates are preventing 1.8 million voters in West Virginia from deciding this issue democratically.    

West Virginia has no legally binding definition of marriage, making West Virginia vulnerable to the chaotic strategy of groups intent on expanding the definition of marriage in the Mountain State through expensive legal battles.  Though several legislators cite current statutory protections as adequate, none have allowed West Virginia voters to strengthen their own law.

More information on the 19-word proposal that would allow West Virginia voters to strengthen the definition of marriage is available at www.wv4marriage.com.

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Written by Jeremy Dys

March 26, 2009 at 6:36 pm

Posted in Marriage

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