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New Hampshire

New Hampshire is the 9th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on June 21, 1788. Its most populous city is Manchester, and the state capitol is located in Concord.

Marriage Equality: Same-sex marriage became legal in New Hampshire on January 1, 2010, (replacing civil unions) under a bill approved by the state Legislature and signed by Gov. John Lynch. On January 1, 2011, all civil unions in the state became marriages unless otherwise dissolved, annulled or previously converted to marriage.

For information on state laws relating to LGBT rights, discrimination, hate crimes and adoption, click here.

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GOP voters in early primary, caucus states say opposition to gay marriage ‘unacceptable’

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Jean Dawell of Delhi joined hundred of others along with the group Why Marriage Matters Ohio at a rally for gay marriage in Lytle Park, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 in Cincinnati.
About half of likely Republican primary and caucus voters in key early states of New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina says that opposition to same-sex marriage is unacceptable in a candidate, according to a new poll. [...]

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U.S. House candidate apologizes for plagiarizing anti-gay marriage speech

Friday, October 24, 2014
Marilinda Garcia
CONCORD, N.H. -- Republican U.S. House candidate Marilinda Garcia has acknowledged she should have attributed parts of a speech she made on same-sex marriage. The statement came after the liberal advocacy group Granite State Progress pointed out several passages in the 2012 speech Garcia gave on the floor of the [...]

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N.H. governor signs bill to update law on same-sex marriage recognition

Friday, July 11, 2014
Gov. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.)
CONCORD, N.H. -- New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed a bill that clarifies the law to recognize same-sex marriages that took place in other states prior to New Hampshire enacting its gay marriage law. The law makes it clear that New Hampshire recognizes same-sex marriages from the date of [...]

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N.H. Supreme Court sides with birth mother’s ex-partner in custody case

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
New Hampshire Supreme  Court in Concord, N.H.
CONCORD, N.H. -- The New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the ex-partner of a 12-year-old's girl's birth mother has made her case to be considered a parent under the law. The unanimous ruling makes New Hampshire the fourth state in the country to extend parental protections to same-sex parents, [...]

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N.H. clarifies recognition of same-sex marriages performed out-of-state

Thursday, May 1, 2014
CONCORD, N.H. -- The New Hampshire state House has sent the governor a bill that clarifies the law to recognize same-sex marriages that took place in other states prior to New Hampshire enacting its own marriage equality law. [...]

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N.H. to study constitutional provision to ban anti-gay discrimination

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
New Hampshire state capitol in Concord.
CONCORD, N.H. — The New Hampshire state House has voted to study whether its state constitution should be amended to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. [...]

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Pro-gay marriage GOP super PAC has strong Q1, gay GOP candidates fall short

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
A Republican super PAC aimed at supporting pro-gay marriage GOP candidates raised a strong $2.75 million in the first quarter of 2014, but gay Republicans candidates for U.S. Congress fell short in fundraising. [...]

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N.H. considers constitutional amendment to ban discrimination against gays

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
CONCORD, N.H. -- A House panel is holding a hearing on a proposed amendment to New Hampshire's constitution that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. [...]

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Gay Anglican bishop says God leading change to understand homosexuality

Monday, October 28, 2013
Bishop Gene Robinson
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The first openly gay bishop of the Episcopal Church told a Purdue University audience he believes God is leading people to a deeper understanding of homosexuality. [...]

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Transgender high school student in N.H. crowned Homecoming King

Monday, October 7, 2013
Melissa Robertson, The Crimson ReviewAnna Robert and Ray Ramsey.
CONCORD, N.H. -- A transgender high school senior in New Hampshire has been crowned homecoming king at Concord High School. [...]

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