It’s too tragic to be funny,
But by following the money
We can see the motivation for the movement to repeal
See, despite the sponsors’ spinning
They don’t really think they’re winning
And that’s really not the reason they’ve been showing so much zeal
All their proper protestations
Are designed to cull donations
From the homophobic bigots who’ve been keeping us amused
And whose wallets and whose purses
Offer dollars up with curses
And who never seem to notice that they’re mostly being used
And a liberal agenda
Needs supporters who can spend a
Lot of money, so the issue is plus for them as well—
Every time some bishop hollers
The reaction raises dollars
So the left has every reason to just let the bigots yell
Don’t expect it to be ending—
Not since politics means spending
And the money flows when angry mobs hurl epithets and names
In the fight for same-sex spouses
It’s a plague a’ both your houses
When it comes to rights and freedoms, then enough with playing games!
First off, I really don’t think there is a ghost of a chance of an actual repeal. The public are 2-to-1 in favor of same sex marriage; the recent California Prop 8 ruling addresses the repeal of a right that has already existed, and “Live Free Or Die” is a powerful phrase. But still, a handful (a large handful, to be sure) of legislators are pushing for repeal of NH’s same sex marriage law.
There are currently churches that openly, eagerly welcome same-sex couples, and gladly will marry them in accordance with these churches’ beliefs. The current “repeal same sex marriage” protesters are not after religious freedom. After all, they would deny these churches the right to marry same sex couples as they currently do.
These protesters do not want a separation of church and state; they want the power of the state on their side, against churches that cannot muster the same support. The 1st amendment protects against this. No conservative should support this, nor any liberal. The only people who should rationally support this are theocrats who believe themselves to be in the majority, or protected by being god’s favorite. And frankly, there are too few of those in New Hampshire to register.
So why the continued kerfufflage?
My suspicion is that if we looked at the motivation on both sides, we would see that this issue brings in donations. Keeping it on the front page, frightening one’s own side with tales of horror about what happens if the other side wins, puts money in the coffers of politicians from the ends of the spectrum, and not so much to the bank accounts of those who don’t speak up on the issue. It naturally dichotomizes, and rewards increasing polarization.
If I were cynical, I’d suggest that there are political conservatives who look at the statewide polls and know that same sex marriage is here to stay in NH, but who see the source of their own donations (and sometimes, the polls of their local districts) as a reason to go out and thump a bible publicly.