The new Republican majority in New Hampshire's legislature wasted little time upon assuming power before changing things around, voting on the opening day of the legislative session to allow firearms on the House floor.
The GOP's gains in the Granite State could also mean a new initiative to ban gay marriage there, just two years after the Democratic legislature voted in 2009 to allow it.
The Concord Monitor reported earlier this week that a push to ban gay marriage looms—despite the fact that Democratic Gov. John Lynch, who signed the 2009 marriage law after some deliberation, won re-election two months ago:
From Massachusetts to Maine, Washington to New York, gay marriage activists have their eye on New Hampshire, where lawmakers this session will consider whether to repeal the year-old law permitting same-sex marriage.
...the legislative calculus has flipped, with Republicans winning 19 seats in the Senate and 298 seats in the House. It seems likely that a gay marriage repeal will pass the House and Senate. The major question is whether opponents of same-sex marriage will have the two-thirds vote necessary in both chambers to override Lynch's promised veto. This time, local and national advocates have ample time to prepare their strategies.
Lawmakers could seek to pass a repeal through the legislature, or send a constitutional amendment to voters in 2012. A group called Let New Hampshire Vote is pushing for the latter strategy.