Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Jillian Rayfield | January 25, 2010, 1:00PM TPM LiveWire
Democrats are calling on New Hampshire State Rep. Alfred Baldasaro (R) to resign over his remarks that the state "sold" children for $10,000 each when "they said that homosexual couples, not married, can adopt."
Baldasaro is one of the main sponsors of HB 1590, which aims to repeal a New Hampshire law allowing same-sex couples to marry. In his testimony before the state's House Judiciary Committee on January 20, Baldasaro offered his objections to gay marriage, first insisting that it's "not normal."
He elaborated with some choice metaphors:
"So because I disagree on something that's pushed down my throat, I'm supposed to roll over because, representative, you think it's normal? I'm sorry you got the wrong person."
Then things got really bad: "I wanted to make sure everyone understood here, that this legislature sold the rights of $10,000 per kid under title four, when they said that homosexual couples, not married, can adopt. So we sold each kid to a homosexual couple that's not married for $10,000," Baldasaro said.
Baldasaro also brought up incestuous couples, asking "aren't we discriminating against all them? What about the Muslims now?," he asked. "Everyone's praising the Muslims. They're killing us. What about them, they want three, four wives. We're discriminating against them."
Following these remarks, Ray Buckley, Chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, released a statement calling on Baldasaro to resign:
"Rep. Baldasaro's remarks have no place in New Hampshire and certainly not from a state elected official. He needs to immediately apologize for his outrageous statement. And his Londonderry colleague House Minority Leader Rep. Sherman Packard, as well as Deputy Minority Leader Rep. David Hess of Hooksett and Republican 16th District Senate candidate Rep. David Boutin of Hooksett should denounce these ridiculously hateful remarks and demand his resignation.
"The Granite State is a place where people of different backgrounds are accepted, not discriminated against based on their, race, gender, or sexual orientation. To make such an ignorant comment is an embarrassment to his party, his office, and to our state. Republican legislative leaders should take swift and determined action against Rep. Baldasaro."
We're still waiting to hear if there's going to be any fall-out from this at all, as in Mr. Baldasaro falling from position. One thing that's encouraging is that political commentators here believe his attempt to overturn same-sex marriage and other rights in New Hampshire by law has no chance at all of passage.
President Obama has just announced in his State of the Union message that this is the year that he will move to end DADT. The members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff reacted with stony silence and did not applaud. We've heard this from him beforre - we'll see.
One of the latest pictures of Sasha Julia, who will be six months old on Thursday of next week.
I hope Obama can do this.
And you have this most beautiful grandbaby! Well, except for me when I was that age, but it was all downhill from there. ;)
but after reading Doug T's comment, I'm laughing too hard to compose a comment :)
Concerning this post, this wackjob is disgraceful to the max, which is really something, considering many of the Repubs that inhabit our state legislature.
Beautiful photo of Sasha. :)
I wanted to add some words of encouragement to you post about Fritz's cancer, but there is a picture in the way of the comment tag. I don't think I would be too concerned right now. He is being aggressive and doing what he needs to do. Both of my grandfathers lived a decade or more after having prostate cancer and were fine, so I'm sure Fritz will be fine after treatment.