The NH House has recently passed a gay marriage bill. If the governor doesn’t veto it, or if he refuses to sign it, NH will become the fourth state in the United States where same-sex couples can legally marry.
Here’s something that bothers me. The opponents of gay marriage often cite the public opposition to such bills whenever they pop up in the various states. Well, we just had a survey call to ask about our opinion on the matter, and it was pretty clear that they were assembling data in a misleading and dishonest manner.
The question was:
“Do you agree that marriage between just one man and one woman should be legal in New Hampshire?”
That’s what we call a loaded question. It’s a 30-second phone survey, designed to elicit a quick yes/no reply, and it’s tailored to create an artificially inflated tally that will undoubtedly be used to petition the governor, citing “overwhelming public opposition to the bill.” The problem is that strictly speaking, anyone in favor of straight marriage would have to answer “yes” to that question, even if they’re also in favor of gay marriage being legal in New Hampshire. It’s deliberately misleading wording to generate lots of “yes” votes, because it precludes the surveyed party from voicing support for the other side of the argument.
Transparent dishonesty and deception ruffle my feathers, because the party committing it against me assumes that I am too dense to look through it. (There’s also the part about it being, well, dishonest and deceptive, and once you stoop to that level, you’ve pretty much conceded the argument.)
I think I’ll send the Governor a nice, hand-written letter in favor of the bill, asking him to refrain from using his veto power. I’ll do that not because I’m ticked (which I am), but because it’s the right thing to do, and because I should have done it the day that bill passed the House.