NH House Rejects Gay Marriage Ban, Repeal Bills by Wide Margin

The New Hampshire House has rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage in the state:

Nh "CACR 28 defined marriage in this state by saying it can only be between a man and a woman.

It was rejected by a wide margin, 201-135, short of a simple majority and far below the three-fifths majority — 238 votes — it needed to advance to the Senate.

Sponsors tried to delay a vote on the bill until March 17, so local voters could weigh in on petitions at town meeting that ask for a popular vote on the amendment.

"All we're trying to do here is put this on the ballot," Rep. David Bates, R-Windham, arguing voters should have their say. His effort to delay a vote fell short on a 191-148 vote."

The House also rejected another bill, HB 1590, by a vote of 210-109. It would have repealed the state's marriage equality law.


  1. Joe Haley says

    We do need gay marriage and i`m glad that we have it. Who cares about straight marriage anyway. Straight marriage is wrong because women say that men has to be tall to marry a woman. That did not say that in the Bible. But it said one man and one woman. But we really need gay marriage more than having just straight marriage anyway. I`m so glad that i can have a boyfriend because i am gay.

  2. Steve says

    I wonder what would have happened in the ’60s if they put “should black people have equal rights” on a ballot. We all know the answer, don’t we? Whether someone deserves equal rights should never be left to a majority vote – it’s just the right thing to do!

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