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Poll: New Hampshire voters oppose repealing marriage equality law

Poll: New Hampshire voters oppose repealing marriage equality law

MANCHESTER, N.H. — While Republican legislators are stepping up efforts to repeal New Hampshire’s marriage equality law, a new poll suggests that the majority of voters are not necessarily on their side

A WMUR-TV Granite State Poll showed 62 percent of survey respondents oppose repeal of the 2009 law that legalized same-sex marriage in New Hampshire

Republicans took control of New Hampshire’s state legislature in the November 2010 elections, and even though GOP leaders said that such a repeal is not a party priority in 2011, two New Hampshire legislators have already introduced bills to repeal the marriage equality law.

Governor John Lynch (D), who signed the original marriage equality bill into law, has said he would veto a repeal bill. But Republicans hold a veto-proof majority in both houses.

According to the poll, and only 29 percent of voters responding support repealing the law, which took effect more than a year ago.

“Strong opponents of repealing same-sex marriage outnumber strong proponents by a factor of two to one,” said Andrew Smith, director of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, which interviewed 520 New Hampshire adults for the poll.

“Politically, this represents powerful resistance to changing the current law,” he said.

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