Last summer, the New Hampshire legislature approved a Marriage Equality law and the governor signed it. The law took effect on January 1, 2010.
Even before the law took effect, there were moves to repeal it. This week State Representative Nancy Elliott (R-Merrimack) offered her tenuous reason for repeal during hearings on a House Bill to repeal. From the Nashua Telegraph:
A Merrimack legislator opposed to same-sex marriage claimed this week that fifth-grade students in Nashua are being shown pictures of naked men and taught how to engage in anal sex.
“I heard yesterday from a mother that in fifth grade in Nashua, they were given as part of their classroom instruction naked pictures of two men showing a presentation of anal sex,” Rep. Nancy Elliott, R-Merrimack, said during a hearing in Concord on HB1590, which would repeal the law legalizing same-sex marriage.
Here’s a YouTube of Rep. Elliott in all her glory. Please listen to the entire piece.
OK, you’re back? Here’s what the Nashua school officials have to say:
The comments have Nashua school officials at a loss. Nothing resembling what Elliott said is being taught in any of Nashua’s schools, officials say.
Superintendent Mark Conrad said school officials have asked all elementary school principals about the claim. Conrad said there is no evidence to substantiate Elliott’s comment and no parents have called to complain.
Rep. Elliott is offering nothing more than a standard statement of one fact leading to a leap to a causal relation to something totally different. We’ve seen this in the Prop 8 Trial coverage where the Defendant-Intervenors described their definitions of marriage (much more limiting than just “man/woman” only). We’ve seen it with “national” politicians such as former PA senator Rick Santorum and his rants that homosexuality leads to “Man on Dog” sex.
These are the attitudes that we have to overcome for Marriage Equality and to achieve the repeal of DADT and DOMA.
Here’s Comedy Central’s perspective on Rep. Elliott.
And here’s Tom Waits on marriage from back when. Because I can.