New Hampshire may be ready for marriage equality


New Hampshire House voted March 26 to legalize same sex marriage

While New Jersey’s legislators continue to do nothing for full marriage equality in the Garden State another New England State is acting.

The New Hampshire House narrowly approved a bill for same- sex marriage that faces an uncertain future in the State Senate. If it passes in the Senate it will be vetoed by Gov. John Lynch according to sources. Only hours after the measure had failed by just one vote, some legislators reconsidered and it passed the Democratic-controlled House by 186 to 179.

In New Hampshire, civil unions are the law since 2008. Support for same-sex marriage however is an unknown in predominately conservative New Hampshire – although LGBT rights organizations are holding out hope that the legislature will do the right thing.