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!
“Hi children. Welcome to the first grade. My name is Bruno and you’ll love some of the dresses I’ll be wearing.”
Bills needing to be paid and so forth, once again I have to be a road warrior, EE for hire...
(And the DC area would be a very good strategic nuclear weapons test site...)
But whenever I leave them without adult supervision...
Welcome to the Carnival. While other nations around the world celebrate their traditions and culture, our home has become ground zero for perverts and freaks to push their nasty socially destructive agendas... And if you oppose - you’re the problem!! How did this happen???
“the last good state is ruined.”
No, Texas is doing fine, thank God. It will be a cold day in Hell when Texas passes gay-marriage and transgender rights bills.
on just a couple of years NH has changed so much , such a shame as it is one of the most beautiful states
I am a woman, and I don’t want to use the same public restroom that men are using. And I don’t want any male (or female) legislator making that decision for me. It’s as simple as that.
I think it’s beyond repair without some kind of serious disruption.
these people homos, transgender etc are severely mentally deranged
I swear my wife when she worked up there worked for a woman in Milton MA and she was a radical lefty.
course she was extremely ugly way overweight, no humor or personality and never had a man in her life
she went to Russia to buy tw0 kids , within one month this woman had the boy with nail polish on, treated him like a girl and gave him dolls, barbies to play with.
She then went to look for some kids in the neighborhood, it is white with a couple of exceptions, but no she never set up those kids with the white kids next door,m she found a black family who lives ina million $ home(why do we have affirmative action) and made the kids play with the black kids not white kids.
her friends would come round and they would be homos and yes they were freaks, tip toeing around etc which she found hilarious
I swear liberals are so messed up.
Yes she tried to get my wife to leave me by saying how bad men were etc and yes my wife left and told her that her marriage is none of her business and that she lives me.
As she parted she also told her that Bush was doing a great job and she had voted for him
the liberal flipped
shame as I love NH but the way that state has changed is so sad
NOthing lasts forever; everything changes, civilizations wax and wane. I think things will change for the better, after they get much worse.
Hold on and don’t give up!
Being from Massachusetts,I would like to apologize to the people of the once-conservative Granite state for all the liberal moonbats that moved up there to escape the disaster that the libs like Kennedy,Fwank,Dukakis,and Kerry created here;and then voted for the same types of clowns up there!
We were the target. We were a pretty decent place, a good influence on the world. And so we became something that had to be taken down. Evil can’t exist if there’s a place you can point to and suggest that better life.
Look, we’ve never been perfect, but this freak show mentality out there now, has us reeling.
Is there something like 2 or 3 transgendered in NH? What is the real reason for this?
Don't forget about Romney
It’s a sad day when the only political force with the will to stamp out such wickedness is that mohammadist death-cult.
I feel like an Israelite about to fall under the Babylonian sword for the wickedness of my country.
(”The pursuit of telos” has certainly been twisted into something unrecognizable.)
I have often wondered this and asked others about it but why do people from your state and I did live there for a bit in Quincy and weymouth move to another state and then carry on voting as they have been .
I mean when I ask them they say taxes too high, high unemployment, some have recently said how welfare is given out etc etc of course some say weather but that is not he main reason for many as many move to NH.
They then move to their new state like mine and then because of the way they vote they are making our states look like the hell holes(no disrespect intended) they left
very true and do not worry I am in this to the day I die and seeing as I am still fairly young I have a lot of years to fight
If I can be in the military for years and be shot at I can certainly fight these lot
If I self-identify as a male lesbian, can I use the ladies room?
Believe me,most I’ve talked to are just as opposed to this gay crap as we are,but they just keep voting for anyone that has that “D” by their name because they have their minds made up that “democrats are for the working man.”
Not that the Republicans in this state have helped much,either....
The more people with GUTS and courage who do whatever they can do - large or small - the sooner this hell will be turned around. It’s going to take courage. Just refusing to go along with it in our own area, letters to the papers, conversationss with acquaintances, whatever.
I stand corrected. But if Texas were sandwiched between Massachusetts and Vermont, I wonder...