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New Hampshire Climbs on “Gay” Marriage Bandwagon
Same-sex marriage in New Hampshire - Wikipedia
By Andrew J. Governor John Lynch, a Democrat, signed the bill, which goes into effect on January 1. The law also recognizes out-of-state gay marriages and civil unions, which are legal in just a handful of U. Same-sex couples who have civil unions in New Hampshire will automatically be married January 1, Last month, the New Hampshire House rejected a similar bill. But Senate and House members met last week to approve new language giving clergy and religious institutions opposed to gay marriage greater protections, including the legal right to decline to marry same-sex couples. Supporters often compare it to the path blazed by the civil rights movement.
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New Hampshire became the sixth state to legalize gay marriage Wednesday in a move that reflects the state's changing demographics from reliably Republican and conservative to younger and more liberal. The Senate and House passed key language on religious rights, Gov. Lynch, a Democrat, had promised a veto if the law didn't clearly spell out that churches and religious groups would not be forced to officiate at gay marriages or provide other services.
Same-sex marriage has been legal in the U. The law provided that civil unions , which the state had established as of January 1, , would be converted to marriages on January 1, , unless dissolved, annulled , or converted to marriage before that date. Following the first same-sex marriages in Massachusetts in May , New Hampshire established a member commission to consider the question of civil recognition of same-sex relationships.