Led by the group Cornerstone Action, an affiliate of the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family, conservatives in New Hampshire are trying to pass a bill that would roll back marriage equality. The proposal would have a similar effect as Proposition 8 in California, in that same-sex couples already married would stay married, but new couples could not get married. They could, however, access a form of civil union that has never existed in the state, open to any two persons. Jeremy Hooper noticed that the executive director of Cornerstone Action, Kevin Smith, admitted this week that the change would reintroduce separate classes of couples:
SMITH: Our opponents didn’t go for everything all in one bite, either. While some people may want a complete restoration of marriage, and also having no civil unions or anything like mutual beneficiaries, the political reality is I don’t think that’s possible at this time. The bill isn’t perfect — no bill is — but I still think this is a step in the right direction. There will be people on both sides who won’t be happy with it, which perhaps means we’ve struck the right balance.
Smith is admitting not only that they are advocating for inequality, but also that they have no compelling reason to do so other than animus. He and his followers won’t be “happy” until same-sex families are stripped of all protections, not just some.