Making a Point About Same-sex Marriage, with Humor

So-called anti-left-handed-marriage activists hold rally.

Sometimes, you have to be blunt to make a point.

And that’s what state Rep. , R-Canterbury, is trying to do in the same-sex marriage repeal debate. Cohn, a liberty-minded Republican with a wry sense of humor, has sponsored an amendment to the traditional marriage bill banning left-handed people from marrying, throwing a monkey wrench into the debate. Whether you consider it a political stunt or valid point, it has garnered Cohn global headlines, including radio interviews outside of New Hampshire and a mention in the New York Times.

Outside of the this morning, a number of protesters held signs supporting the amendment, with slogans like “two lefts don’t make a right," just hours before what is presumed to be a concerning the Granite State’s . At the same time, some pro-traditional marriage advocates volleyed points back and forth with the protesters, making their views known.

“I’m using humor to make a point,” Cohn said to a traditional marriage supporter. “And when I get up there, believe me, there will be a point made. I’m trying to sway people’s opinions and using humor is one way to do it.”

During the discussions on the steps of the Statehouse, at least one other representative found the entire thing amusing.

State Rep. , R-Nashua, asked Cohn if he was left-handed and Cohn said yes. Everyone has "an equal right to marry the right-hander of their choice," Cohn said, jokingly, adding that he’s a self-hating lefthander.

Robbins countered that it was nice to have a bit of humor thrown into what is a “very serious issue.”

Cohn added, “I’m just not being lighthearted. There’s a serious side to this, trust me.”

Michael March 21, 2012 at 04:54 PM
There should also be a law preventing ambidextrous one-armed homeless men from marrying pi-pedal homeless women with one leg.
Bill Perkins March 21, 2012 at 05:17 PM
If an ambidexter marries a unidexter, things really get out of hand!
Dirk Langeveld March 21, 2012 at 05:55 PM
This is just sinister ;)
N. Mackey March 21, 2012 at 05:55 PM
I kinda like this guy...and he's a Republican!
David WANEK March 21, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Finally a republican initiative I can get behind DOWN WITH THOSE IMMORAL LEFT HANDERS !!!!!!
Ken Stott March 21, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Be Careful, this may not be a joke Remember in the dark ages, they ki.lled left handed people.There used to be extreme and severe suspicions of anything left. In the history of left handed people, the Latin term for left is sinister, which in modern English can be interpreted as meaning “evil”; “menacing”; or “threatening”.
Aliza Worthington March 21, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Booooooooo..... lol!
PScottA March 21, 2012 at 11:49 PM
He is a libertarian republican not a progressive republican (aka NeoCon)
labman57 March 22, 2012 at 02:19 AM
The reason why some people are so opposed to gay marriage -- and all of the rights and benefits that come with a marriage certificate -- is because the thought of homosexuals expressing physical affection for one another totally repulses them, and the notion that such a relationship could be officially sanctioned through marriage pours salt into the wound of their prejudice. The argument that gays should be satisfied with civil unions because it provides most of the same protections as marriage is akin to suggesting that blacks shouldn't care whether they are required to sit in the back of the bus, since all of the passengers will arrive at the same destination. The argument that marriage is intended by God for couples that can and will procreate is equally absurd, for then the law should restrict couples from marrying if one or both members are infertile, or are beyond child-bearing age, or if they have refused to contractually agree to procreate. Those people who are so adamant that gays be denied the right to marry are the same types of people who would have expressed outrage in the 1950s and 1960s when the validity of interracial marriage was being debated. Hatred toward gays is simply their "flavor of the month".
Henry Coe March 22, 2012 at 06:55 AM
"Right handers are the best, no marriage for the Lefts" :-)
mmmmm March 22, 2012 at 10:53 AM
I want to know when Mother Nature is going to allow all the gay animals to partner up? Actually that may have already happened, the species never pro created and is extinct now.
Alexandra Andrea Equality Beninda March 22, 2012 at 03:13 PM
I am an Ambidextrous, Bisexual, Transgender Woman ;D
Shakil Mason March 22, 2012 at 08:55 PM
What both an incredible and equally intelligent opinion, I agree with this 100%.
Patriot March 22, 2012 at 11:35 PM
But are you married? I have not read one remark about underhanded marriage.
Michael A March 23, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Seriously, is gay discrimination any less arbitrary than discrimination against left-handers?
Alexandra Andrea Equality Beninda March 23, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Yes, and I'm married to a right-hander ;D
Patriot March 24, 2012 at 10:33 PM
I would think more because I don't know any left handers. They must be still in the closet.
Patriot March 24, 2012 at 10:35 PM
I don't know any left handers, I always thought it was a joke about switching hands. Never thought you could really do it!
William Van Vechten March 26, 2012 at 04:10 PM
I'm a right hander, and my lover is a right hander, but we STILL don't believe in marriage!
William Van Vechten March 26, 2012 at 04:35 PM
The religious: Left-handedness is a choice. Why did you choose to be left handed (evil) when it's very clear that being right handed is the only (good) choice? Maybe we need to send you off to a rehabilitation program where you can change your choice back to being right handed, and be saved.
Kathy April 01, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Wtf is this I have 2 daughters that r left handed this the most stupid thing ever they didn't chose to be left handed they were born that way there actually smarter than my rigt handed children make highest honors cring living girls I'm sooo pissed right now I also have left handed cousins and nieces this is the dumbest news ie her heard


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