Link This is bullshit for a couple of reasons. First off, Gov. Lynch said he believes civil unions are sufficient for gay couples, and that he believes marriage is between man and woman. Either that was a lie, or he pussed out of his religious belief so liberals will like him. The issue of religious exemptions will appease no one. Religious people who use instances where religious organizations have had to yield to the wishes of the gay community use these anecdotes as a cautionary tale against legalizing stuff like gay marriage as a way to appease gays and lesbians...even if they're not entitled to it. I don't think anyone is really worried about a church being forced to marry a gay couple. I've never thought "slights to religious freedom" would come directly from gay marriage, though I've always thought gay marriage would receive a boost in support every time we do something to make religious belief look petty and raggedy and insignificant. Like Gov. Lynch has done. "Religious protections" strike me as a lame attempt at a consolation prize. It's just a glib way of saying, "you lost, gays won, thanks for playing!" There is no civil right to gay marriage. There is no constitutional right being infringed upon by not legalizing gay marriage. There is no social mandate to legalize gay marriage (there aren't that many gay couples period, especially in NH, and there aren't that many who want to marry). This is just partisan politics and ignoring the will of the people.