Skip to comments.House Passes Transgender Rights Bill By 1 Vote [NH]
Posted on 04/08/2009 5:05:48 PM PDT by DirtyHarryY2K
CONCORD, N.H. -- The New Hampshire House reversed itself Wednesday and passed a bill extending anti-discrimination protections to transgender individuals by a single vote.
The House voted 181-149 last month to kill the bill but reconsidered Wednesday after a passionate appeal from House Speaker Terie Norelli to include transgender individuals in the state's anti-discrimination law.
The House debated more than three hours before voting 188-187 to send it to the Senate.
Republicans call it the "bathroom bill" based on the argument it would open all bathrooms to both men and women. Republicans said women and children would be put at risk if men came into the women's bathroom. They also complained the bill did not adequately define transgender individuals.
"This seeks to elevate a nebulous group to the sacred level we find in racial discrimination," said Mont Vernon Republican William O'Brien. "This bill is not needed. It's dangerous."
Republicans tried to dilute the bill with 13 amendments ranging from giving employers the ability to set the length of job applicants' hair to exempting nursing home beds. All failed by wide margins.
Supporters -- almost entirely Democrats -- said those tactics attempted to paint a straightforward anti-discrimination bill as something it wasn't. They said it would protect a vulnerable group who identify with the gender opposite of their birth. They said it would protect them from discrimination by employers, landlords and others.
"We're not asking you to open bathrooms to sexual predators. We're asking you to stand tall against discrimination," said Norelli, a Portsmouth Democrat.
Harts Location Democrat Ed Butler, a bill sponsor, argued that transgender individuals aren't covered by the state's anti-discrimination law and need protections.
"The reason for withholding these protections from transgenders is what? Fear?" Butler said. "Transgenders are not a threat to our society or our way of life. They are not sick. They are simply different."
Colin Manning, spokesman for Gov. John Lynch, said New Hampshire has a comprehensive anti-discrimination statute already.
"We are not convinced that the concerns raised by the supporters of this legislation aren't already covered under existing law," said Manning.
Massachusetts is considering a similar bill. In Connecticut, a bill to protect transgender people from discrimination died in a legislative committee last week, but activists and some lawmakers hope to add it to another bill.
Thirteen states, the District of Columbia and 93 cities and counties have laws banning discrimination on transgender status, according to the Transgender Law Policy Institute.
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Cool. NH is fast becoming a festering sh*thole like all of its neighbors
Since we seem to be getting awful specific these days. When do they pass one for white people?
Genital mutilation is acceptable in some african cultures, but is it really a civilized procedure? Is this called normal? And yet, the mentally deranged continue their quest to declare deviance normal.
No ,it is not normal. And why does a state NH’s size have 375 state reps?
Cultural psychosis is rather rampant, enough so to be the order of the day, week, month, year, decade, etc.
Depends on what you mean.
And legislators are the last people on the planet who are entitled to an opinion.
“Republicans tried to dilute the bill with 13 amendments ranging from giving employers the ability to set the length of job applicants’ hair to exempting nursing home beds. All failed by wide margins.”
How the hell can these be defeated “by wide margins” with the bill vote so close?
I’m hoping and praying on Gov Lynch veto.
I once read a long time ago Abe Lincoln, duly impressed on the short campaign swing through the Granite State, said he did not meet a man here he didn’t like. Seems the despicable Log Cabiners who so twisted his sleeping with men BECAUSE THERE WAS ONLY ONE FREAKING BED IN THE COLD DANK CABIN WITH A ROUGH FLOOR ON COLD DANK DIRT
are having their way. And Abe sure can meet a ton of “men” here now who’d make him sick.
I may be a 100% straight male, but I think I would prefer to use the women’s locker room at the outdoor pool. Giggity.
“They are not sick. They are simply different.”
You can say that about ANY sickness you feel like validating.
Live Free or Die, my ass!!!!
400 actually. One for every 3000 residents. According to wikipedia, if the US House of Representatives had the equivalent ratio, it would have 99,000 members.
No wonder the Old Man in the Mountain abandoned ship a few years ago......
In a country that has it's fair share of them they don't feel they have to have "special" laws pasted to keep people from making quiet jokes about them.
Other than that they are treated pretty much the same as anyone else WITHOUT Government intervention.
the last good state is ruined.
Those brave FreeStaters are really making a difference I see!
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