New Hampshire Senate Holds Hearings on Same-Sex Marriage Bill
The New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee is holding hearings today on the same-sex marriage bill which passed the House by a vote of 186-179 on March 26.
FOX 44 reports that "dueling demonstrations" greeted lawmakers as they arrived this morning: "Emotions ran high as the philosophical debate created some face-to-face confrontations. Several hundred people against gay marriage and a smaller number supporting it gathered in separate groups on the Statehouse plaza, mixing briefly as they headed into the building for a Senate committee hearing on whether New Hampshire should be the fifth state to allow gay marriage. As they mixed, some from the pro-gay marriage group shouted 'Love means everyone,' prompting others to counter: 'Support traditional marriage.'"
As always, the battle is uphill: "Several senators in the Democrat-controlled legislature contacted by Reuters speculated the bill would face defeat, citing Democratic Governor John Lynch's opposition, or be tabled indefinitely so lawmakers can avoid taking a stance on the issue ahead of elections next year."
Openly gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson is expected to testify at the hearings.