Marriage Equality Repeal Fails in New Hampshire

A bill that would have stripped New Hampshire citizens’ right to marriage equality failed on a vote of 211-116 Wednesday afternoon.

According to Back2Stonewall,”stripping away the freedom to marry in New Hampshire was a top priority of the National Organization for Marriage and other national anti-gay groups, which had predicted that they would be able to garner the vote of two-thirds of both the House of Representatives and the Senate to override the promised veto by Governor John Lynch.”

It didn’t quite work out that way.

According to The Advocate,”The bill, introduced by state representative David Bates, couldn’t muster the votes to pass the House, let alone come anywhere near the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto.”

“Polling on the issue showed that a solid majority of New Hampshire residents opposed rolling back marriage rights for gay residents. And marriage supporters argued that it was their role, not voters’, to make a decision on repeal,” the magazine reports.

Those voting against the bill included more than one hundred Republicans.

Reuters reports, “Close to 2,000 gay and lesbian couples have been married in New Hampshire since the current law went into effect January 1, 2010. The new law would have replaced same-sex marriages with civil unions starting in 2013, but marriages that took place before the repeal would have remained valid.”

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