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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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. [ Read more → ]

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. [ Read more → ]
Bishop Gene Robinson

Gay Anglican bishop says God leading change to understand homosexuality

Monday, October 28, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Melissa Robertson, The Crimson ReviewAnna Robert and Ray Ramsey.

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

Monday, October 7, 2013
CONCORD, N.H. -- A transgender high school senior in New Hampshire has been crowned homecoming king at Concord High School. [ Read more → ]

New website features legal info for LGBT, HIV+ youth in New England

Sunday, September 15, 2013
BOSTON — A Boston-based LGBT legal rights advocacy group has set up a new website to provide helpful information to young people in New England about their legal rights in school, sports, work and the juvenile justice system. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.)

Shaheen: Same-sex benefits bill should apply to Veterans Affairs

Sunday, September 1, 2013
CONCORD, N.H. -- U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire says she's planning to move forward with her bill that would grant benefits to same-sex married couples in the military after learning that legislation is still necessary to grant veterans in same-sex marriages those same benefits. [ Read more → ]
Charlie Morgan

N.H. Senator testifies in support of military benefits for same-sex spouses

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) on Wednesday urged members of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs to pass a bill that would provide key military benefits for same-sex spouses of gay service members. [ Read more → ]
Stacie Laughton

N.H. transgender state rep to resign due to flap over prior felony convictions

Saturday, December 1, 2012
NASHUA, N.H. -- Newly elected State Representative Stacie Laughton, one of the nation's first openly transgender state officials, ceremoniously signed her letter of resignation Thursday on a cable access show hosted by fellow Democrat and friend, State Rep. Ken Gidge. [ Read more → ]
Stacie Laughton

Openly transgender lawmaker may not resign, despite felony conviction

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Stacie Laughton, one of the nation's first openly transgender state officials, said Wednesday she was reconsidering her previously announced resignation, and may not relinquish her seat in the New Hampshire House, despite pressure over a previously undisclosed conviction for credit card fraud. [ Read more → ]
Lisa BironBooking photo.

Female ‘Christian’ attorney charged with sexual conduct with teenage girl

Saturday, November 24, 2012
A New Hampshire attorney associated with an anti-gay group of "Christian" lawyers, is facing federal charges that she took a teenage girl to Canada and convinced her to engage in sexual activity and to let it be filmed. [ Read more → ]
Stacie Laughton

N.H. voters elect country’s first out transgender statewide candidate

Friday, November 9, 2012
A New Hampshire Democrat on Tuesday became the first openly transgender person elected to statewide office in the country. [ Read more → ]
Maggie Hassan

LGBT ally Maggie Hassan declared winner in N.H. gubernatorial race

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan has been declared the winner in a hotly contested race to replace retiring New Hampshire Governor John Lynch. [ Read more → ]
Republican N.H. gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne (left) and Democratic N.H. candidate Maggie Hassan.Photos via Wikimedia.

Marriage equality at stake in New Hampshire gubernatorial race

Saturday, November 3, 2012
The outcome of the gubernatorial race in New Hampshire could be crucial in determining the fate of marriage equality in the state, which was the first to have a governor sign it without it being taken away through referendum. [ Read more → ]
David Pierce

New Hampshire gay lawmaker wins state Senate primary, Delaware candidates advance

Thursday, September 13, 2012
Openly gay New Hampshire State Rep. David Pierce was victorious Tuesday in his Democratic primary for the state senate, and he faces no opponent this November. [ Read more → ]

Chick-fil-A franchise to co-sponsor New Hampshire LGBT Pride event

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
NASHUA, N.H. -- The sole Chick-fil-A restaurant in New Hampshire, located in the food court of the Pheasant Lane Mall south of Nashua, will be one of the co-sponsors for New Hampshire LGBT Pride Fest 2012. [ Read more → ]

California Democrats to help fight anti-gay measure in North Carolina

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
A big win for marriage in New Hampshire, and California Democrats pledge to help the campaign to stop an anti-gay measure in North Carolina. But with alarming poll numbers out this week, will that help be enough? [ Read more → ]
Brian Brown

NOM: We’ll hold every N.H. lawmaker ‘accountable’ for pro-gay marriage vote

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown on Wednesday pledged to hold "every" New Hampshire lawmaker accountable for failing to repeal the state's marriage equality law -- all 211 of them. [ Read more → ]

GOP-dominated New Hampshire House rejects gay marriage repeal

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
In a dramatic surprise and major victory for supporters of marriage equality for same-sex couples, the Republican-dominated New Hampshire House voted Wednesday (March 21) not to repeal the state’s two-year-old marriage equality law. [ Read more → ]

In effort to repeal same-sex marriage, NOM now supports civil unions

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The National Organization for Marriage has endorsed a civil unions bill in New Hampshire, a stark departure from its well documented record of opposing any type of legal relationship for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]

Anti-gay marriage vote looms in N.C., and a close call in Washington state

Monday, March 19, 2012
It's coming down the wire in North Carolina, where an anti-gay ballot measure is looking an awful lot like the Prop 8 fight all over again. Meanwhile Denver Republicans vote to support civil unions, we'll get a vote this week on ending marriage equality in New Hampshire, and President Obama speaks out against an anti-gay ballot measure. [ Read more → ]
David Bates

Rally held in NH to repeal same-sex marriage, replace it with civil unions

Tuesday, February 7, 2012
CONCORD, N.H. -- New Hampshire Republican State Representative David Bates on Tuesday led a rally outside the capitol building of more than 200 people interested in repealing New Hampshire's same-sex marriage law and replace it with civil unions for any unmarried adults, including relatives. [ Read more → ]
David Bates

NH lawmaker spending own money on campaign to repeal gay marriage

Monday, February 6, 2012
CONCORD, N.H. — A New Hampshire lawmaker is waging a one-man effort to repeal the state's same-sex marriage law, and has launched a direct mail campaign to garner support of House Bill 437, which would restore "traditional marriage" between a man and a woman in the state. [ Read more → ]

Repeal of gay marriage absent from New Hampshire’s House agenda

Thursday, February 2, 2012
CONCORD, N.H. --The New Hampshire state House legislative leadership announced Thursday they will focus on the state's economic growth and education initiatives in the 2012 session, but are leaving social issues out of the agenda -- including a repeal of the state's same-sex marriage law. [ Read more → ]

NOM promises to ‘reward’ anti-equality legislators after accusing gay activists of buying votes

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is doing exactly what it accused gay activists of doing: buying votes. In New Hampshire, the organization has pledged $250,000 to “reward” politicians who “stand up for restoring traditional marriage." [ Read more → ]

New Hampshire legislature considers ‘License to Discriminate’ bill

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
The New Hampshire House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday held a hearing on HB 1264 -- essentially a “License To Discriminate” bill -- that would allow businesses that oppose marriage equality to deny services to same-sex couples based on their “conscience” or religious beliefs. [ Read more → ]
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