New Hampshire Legislature Passes Marriage Equality

Timothy Kincaid

April 29th, 2009

Rueters is reporting:

New Hampshire’s Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would legalize same-sex marriage after an amendment was added that prohibits polygamy and marriage of family members, among other measures.

The bill passed the state’s House of Representatives on March 26 but looked set for near certain defeat in the Senate before the amendment, which appeared to mollify some critics in the Democrat-controlled chamber.

The last-minute changes to the legislation would allow clergy to decline to marry homosexual couples and give couples the freedom to either keep the words “bride” and “groom” on marriage licenses, or simply use the word “spouse” instead.

The bill now goes back to the House to resolve the variances and then to the Governor for signature.

Governor John Lynch has said in the past that he does not support gay marriage, but the religious protections – along with a new poll showing support – may give the governor adequate comfort.

John

April 29th, 2009

This is great news! Now if only the Guv will sign it…

Johnson

April 29th, 2009

Good Job NH! Now you can join your sister states of MA, CT, and VT on the way to making the whole of New England a beacon of equality.

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