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New Hampshire Governor John Lynch Signs Civil Union Bill

Today, New Hampshire joined Vermont, California, Connecticut, New Jersey, Maine, Washington, and soon Oregon in offering civil unions or broad domestic partnership benefits to same-sex couples as Governor John Lynch signed a civil union bill.

NhSaid Lynch: "We in New Hampshire have had a long and proud tradition of taking the lead in opposing discrimination. Today that tradition continues...I’ve listened and I’ve heard all the arguments. I do not believe that this bill threatens marriage. I believe that this is a matter of conscience and fairness."

The civil union bill was passed by New Hampshire's legislature in late April.

The AP reports that the signing was attended by lawmakers as well as openly gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, who earlier this month said he plans to take advantage of the new law and join legally with his partner of 18 years, Mark Andrews.

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  1. "Opposing discrimination"? Then why in the hell are you codifying discrimination into law Governor Lynch? Why are you signing a pro-segregation bill? Why are you allowing the excrement of separate but "equal" back into our laws? "Opposing discrimination"? Civil unions are discrimination Governor Lynch.

    Posted by: Craig | May 31, 2007 12:30:55 PM

  2. Governor Ted Kulongoski signed Oregon's Domestic Partnership Law into law on May 9th.

    Posted by: pdxmilo | May 31, 2007 12:38:16 PM

  3. Congratulations to all same-sex long term couples in New Hampshire. This (new law) is as it should be. Civil unions bridge the gap of inequality.

    Posted by: Stephen | May 31, 2007 12:41:14 PM

  4. Let's see what happens in NY and California now.

    Posted by: Gary | May 31, 2007 12:42:05 PM

  5. What about Connecticut? Didn't similar legislation get signed by the governor there recently?

    Posted by: Michael | May 31, 2007 12:51:32 PM

  6. Once more, we in the hinterlands watch as the coastal folks lead the way. Maybe in another hundred years, these ideas of equality will finally be in place in Ohio. If I could pull up stakes, I would. Acutally, I'd move to Canada.

    Posted by: Bill | May 31, 2007 1:18:30 PM

  7. Connecticut has had civil unions as well since 2005.

    Posted by: Mike | May 31, 2007 1:23:55 PM

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