We have to give credit where it is due. Speaker of the New Hampshire House, Gene Chandler is not historically what we’d call a conservative. But yesterday he used his vote to break two ties in the Legislature to kill bad bills.
The House deadlocked on two bills that would ban gay conversion therapy, requiring House Speaker Gene Chandler, R-Bartlett, to cast tie-breaking votes that defeated both bills.
Supporters of the ban argued that conversion therapy is a harmful, sometimes abusive, practice designed to change a young person’s sexual orientation or identity.
Opponents argued that parents have the right to seek whatever therapy they deem necessary for their children, and that abusive forms of conversion therapy have not been reported in New Hampshire.
The House bill (HB 587) failed by one vote, 166-165, after Chandler cast the tie-breaker.
The Senate version (SB 224) was defeated 170-169, again requiring Chandler’s vote to break a 169-169 tie.