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New Hampshire Legislature Passes Marriage Equality Bill


NhThe New Hampshire House voted 198-176 to accept the Committee of Conference Report on H.B. 73 for marriage equality with religious protections.

The New Hampshire Senate voted 14-10 this morning to do the same.

The bill now goes before Governor John Lynch to sign.

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  1. I loved hearing the cheer go up from the gallery when the motion to adopt the Committee of Conscience Report was passed.

    Any info on when the bill is expected to reach the governor's desk?

    Posted by: Jeffrey | Jun 3, 2009 4:30:14 PM

  2. Yay! Congratulations New Hampshire!!!

    Posted by: ichabod | Jun 3, 2009 4:36:49 PM

  3. Religious Protections my ass. We need to be protected FROM religions, not protecting their rights to discriminate based on their little books of fairy tales.

    Posted by: Roscoe | Jun 3, 2009 4:40:48 PM

  4. Now if only the Rhode Island (my state of residence) legislature could get THEIR act together... :-/

    Congrats, New Hampshire-ites!

    Posted by: John S. Hall | Jun 3, 2009 4:42:07 PM

  5. @Jeffrey: Lynch has already announced he will sign all the bills involved tonight. It's a done deal.

    New Hampshire's marriage equality laws are "safe," in that there's no initiative/referendum process there to overturn them. Only the legislature or a court could do so.

    As far as the religious protections part, we'll see how far that's taken. I believe a court will definitely want to make sure these allowances don't extend beyond what's already constitutional.

    Posted by: Bruno | Jun 3, 2009 4:49:33 PM

  6. And by such a large margin, too! Oh god, sooooo exciting. It feels great to be and not devastated.

    Posted by: K | Jun 3, 2009 4:55:52 PM

  7. Now only Rhode Island lies stranded behind the Pink Curtain!

    This is fantastic news.

    Posted by: Tyler | Jun 3, 2009 4:59:12 PM

  8. Lynch is expected to sign the bill at 5:15pm.

    Posted by: Jason | Jun 3, 2009 5:06:09 PM

  9. YAY!

    Posted by: KFLO | Jun 3, 2009 5:18:42 PM

  10. It's Official! Governor Lynch just signed the marriage equality bill. It's now a done deal. GLBT people can now be legally married in NH!!!! HOORAY!!!! Thanks to all who supported this endeavor and saw it through to the end. This makes 6 states with legal gay marriage and 5 within New England!

    Posted by: Barry F | Jun 3, 2009 5:32:48 PM

  11. Congrats NH. Maybe this will shame some of the pricks here in NY to do the right thing. It's an shame that the two of the largest states, NY & CA, with the largest GLBT populations can't do the right thing.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Jun 3, 2009 6:00:47 PM

  12. good news :)

    Posted by: sundog | Jun 3, 2009 6:08:19 PM

  13. YEY! This is most excellent.

    Posted by: lis | Jun 3, 2009 6:26:49 PM

  14. congrats NH


    Posted by: mikey | Jun 3, 2009 6:27:25 PM

  15. BTW - The Rt Rev Gene Robinson, Episcopal Bishop of NH, can be seen in the lower right of the photo. He can finally get married in his home state.

    Posted by: Alex | Jun 3, 2009 6:38:14 PM

  16. Congratulations, Hampsters!

    Posted by: Wheezy | Jun 3, 2009 9:12:42 PM

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