We have never been more wicked proud to be New Englanders.
New Hampshire Governor John Lynch said he would sign legislation allowing civil unions for gay couples when it comes to his desk next week. That makes NH the fourth state in the country to adopt civil unions, after Vermont, New Jersey (not New England, but also has poor white people and foliage) and Connecticut. Massachusetts, of course, is the only state to allow marriage between same-sex couples. In fifty years, when we look back on this time, those tiny states wedged up in the receding hairline of the country will be able to say that they led the way in civil rights at a time when doing so was unpopular nationally.
It almost mitigates the humiliating fact that we are the only people in the nation who think that the American classic “Paul Revere” begins “Listen, my children, and you shall hear…,” when it clearly starts out with “Now here's a little story - I've got to tell…”