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New Hampshire legislature expected to vote on repealing gay marriage law

Thursday, January 12, 2012

CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire’s lawmakers are expected to vote on a bill to repeal the state’s marriage equality law as early as next week.

A senior legislative assistant, speaking on the condition of anonymity, indicated that a vote on the measure has tentatively been scheduled for next Wednesday, Jan. 18.

Both sides of the same-sex marriage debate expect the Republican-controlled House to pass a bill that would replace the law legalizing same-sex marriage with civil unions for any unmarried adults. The measure would also allow anyone to refuse to recognize civil unions.

The measure is also expected to pass in the Republican-controlled Senate.

Democratic Governor John Lynch, who, in 2009, signed the bill legalizing same-sex marriage in New Hampshire, has publicly stated he will veto any effort to repeal the law.

Senate Republican Leader Jeb Bradley said he can’t predict if there will be enough votes needed to override the Governor’s veto.

New Hampshire is currently one of only six states, along with the District of Columbia, where same-sex marriage is legal — New York, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, and Vermont are the remaining five states.

A University of New Hampshire Survey Center poll conducted last October found that 62 percent of registered New Hampshire voters support the state’s marriage equality law, and nearly 44 percent of those polled said they would consider voting against any lawmaker who supported the repeal bill.

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18 more reader comments:

  1. :S

    Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 10:11pm
  2. Leave it alone. Gay marriage should be legal in all 50 states.

    Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 10:13pm
  3. and this is why I stay in Massachusetts where we had it first and will always have marriage equality.

    Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 10:14pm
  4. this country is a hot mess

    Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 10:16pm
  5. The veto and lack of votes for an override = fail for the haters!

    Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 10:16pm
  6. Is getting married to my wife regardless fuck this shit their talking -_-

    Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 10:23pm
  7. Fucking bullshit…but should we really be surprised? Our nation has proven over and over that we are “1 nation under” Bigotry! Hopefully soon people will wake the fuck up and actually give “liberty and justice” to ALL! I’m optimistic, and believe we will rid our government of all those that seek to destroy Equality and sometime during my lifetime gay marriage will be a non-issue and most people won’t care who the hell is marrying who.

    Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 11:37pm
  8. why are they allowed to do that?

    Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 11:55pm
  9. *is annoyed*fucking suck

    Posted on Friday, January 13, 2012 at 12:13am
  10. Republicans do not care what their Constitution says….they preach discrimination through isolation, all the while beating on their Bibles, because they know better than anyone else! America needs a leader like the late Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau who declared that the state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation.

    Posted on Friday, January 13, 2012 at 5:30am
  11. It should all be legalized and then leave all us gay people the fuck alone, why so much hate?!

    Posted on Friday, January 13, 2012 at 8:12am
  12. The funny thing about all this, the Republicans claim to be for freedom. They believe in freedom, yes, freedom for the select few. If the Republicans could rewrite the constitution, they’d put Straight, White, Wealthy, Christians at the top with the most rights, and put us gays, the Jews, and the colored with almost none. They wish so much that the Lawrence vs Texas decision be re-decided and reversed. They want to “Take America Back” but what if America doesn’t want to go back? What if Americans enjoy the freedoms they deserve? They don’t care, all they care about is some bigoted dream where they’re in control and we, the people, are slaves, shackled by their false senses of morality. New Hampshire, wake up and fight to keep your freedoms, cause if you sleep in, the Republicans will steal them away.

    Posted on Friday, January 13, 2012 at 8:31am
  13. Think about all that LOST revenue!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 13, 2012 at 9:35am
  14. When will everybody realize that what makes all people the same is so much more important than what makes us different. I just don’t understand the bigots who discriminate against gays. As if homosexuals aren’t human beings too. As if they’re not someone’s son, or daughter, or sister, or brother, or father, or mother, or friend. All people want to live in peace, we all feel love, we all want the best for our loved ones, we all have hopes and dreams, we can all feel pain, we all want to follow our bliss, we all struggle, we’re all just trying to get through life the best way we know how. How does any of that change with the color of someone’s skin, or their physical abilities, or what God they pray to, or what language they speak, or what their sexual orientation is? If a man loves and wants to marry another man, or a woman loves and wants to marry another woman, what is that to anyone else? They’re not hurting anyone. Only a truly vicious, hateful, spiteful, selfish, vile misanthrope would begrudge someone their love of someone else. People who hate homosexuals should be ashamed of themselves. Those bigots deserve to live in the shadows. They’re not fit to show their faces in decent society. And it is patently unfair that gays and their loved ones should suffer the devastating effects of discrimination, while bigots and their loved ones go along untouched. It’s past time that the bigots are made to pay for their discrimination BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY. Let the bigots and their loved ones start suffering and maybe they’ll learn their lesson. Anyone coming into contact with members of the New Hampshire House or Senate that oppose equality, or their loved ones, should take any action possible to make them pay a price.

    Posted on Friday, January 13, 2012 at 2:10pm
  15. We are rooting for you (for us). May Justice and and Equality prevail!

    Posted on Friday, January 13, 2012 at 9:25pm
  16. I find it most interesting that we are in a depression (whatever they might want to re-label it as), we’re fighting a war on 3 fronts, literally half of the nation (according to polls) lives below the poverty line or has too low of an income, the number of unemployed adults is about 35-40% (the numbers are vague, plus they’re skewed by the unemployment benefits that people simply don’t qualify for anymore), our infrastructure is crumbling, cities are filing for bankruptcy protection all over the nation…

    …and what our government focuses on is “the gay”.

    Excuse me, but just what the fu** is wrong with this picture???

    Does it really cause any problems whatsoever in the grand scheme of things if Jane marries Joan and Robert marries Paul? NO!!!


    Posted on Friday, January 13, 2012 at 10:51pm
  17. @Tokkar, It’s like you don’t want them to be politicians anymore! Even Obama (who I voted for and will continue to support because he has made progress) can only manage a mealy-mouthed “I don’t support blah, blah…

    Posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 6:17am
  18. Per today’s news, it isn’t even on their agenda! This is good! I see Maryland, Washington, NJ, and eventually CA, joining the other 6 states and Washington, DC!!! Yessssssss!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 3, 2012 at 7:47am