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New Hampshire House Panel Advances Repeal of Marriage Equality by a Vote of 11-6

The New Hampshire House Judiciary Committee today voted 11-6 to advance a bill that would repeal the state's marriage equality law, the AP reports:

NhThe bill would not enact the same civil unions law that was in effect before gays were allowed to marry. That law granted gays all the rights and responsibilities of marriage except in name. The proposed civil unions law would be open to any two adults and would let anyone refuse to recognize the unions. It also would allow anyone to discriminate against the couples in employment, housing and public accommodations based on religious or moral beliefs.

Supporters said the two proposed repeal bills would not apply to gay marriages that have already occurred, but would stop new ones. More than 1,500 New Hampshire gay couples have married so far under the current law.

Governor John Lynch has said he would veto the bill. Two-thirds majority is required to override the veto.

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  1. Just goes to show that we are still considered second class citizens, if that. In fact, I'm guessing that the majority of people in this country hate us and would rather we not even exist. There is no way a federal law is going to pass, or that the Supreme Court would rule in favor of marriage at this time. Our only hope is with the younger generation, so the groundwork must be laid for the future, even if we aren't around to benefit.

    Posted by: k | Oct 26, 2011 1:47:48 AM

  2. thanks, GOP.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Oct 26, 2011 12:42:29 PM

  3. The fact that a couple of Republicans on the committee voted against it is a good sign. Don't think it will get the 2/3 to override Lynch's veto. I beleive pushing this issue could could backfire on the Republicans. Marriage equality is popular in NH and I think their focus on this issue could cost them some votes in 2012. In order to keep marriage legal, the Democrats must win either the Governor's race or regain control of the legislature next year, so 2012 elections will be extremely important in here.

    Posted by: Ken | Oct 26, 2011 1:37:01 PM

  4. This is the "Live Free or Die" state! How does this initiative possibly fit in?

    Posted by: Task | Oct 26, 2011 4:04:01 PM

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