John Lynch promptly signed the legislation, making the state the sixth to let gay couples wed. The bill had been through several permutations to satisfy Mr. Lynch and certain legislators that it would not force religious organizations that oppose same-sex marriage to participate in ceremonies celebrating it.
John Lynch -- who personally opposes gay marriage -- signed the legislation Wednesday afternoon. After rallies outside the Statehouse by both sides in the morning, the last of three bills in the package went to the Senate, which approved it Wednesday afternoon. Cheers from the gallery greeted the key vote in the House, which passed it
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Same-sex sexual activity is legal in New Hampshireand the state began offering same-sex couples the option of forming a civil union on January 1, Civil unions offered most of the same protections as marriages with respect to state law, but not the federal benefits of marriage. Same-sex marriage in New Hampshire has been legally allowed since January 1,and one year later New Hampshire's civil unions expired, with all such unions converted to marriages. New Hampshire law has also protected against discrimination based on sexual orientation since and gender identity since
The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 13 to 11 in favor of the bill, but only after a last-minute amendment strengthened language granting legal protections for religious groups and organizations that do not want to perform or help carry out same-sex marriages. But supporters and opponents predicted that version would pass the House, which is more liberal and was more enthusiastic about same-sex marriage from the start. It is unclear whether Gov.
Supporters watch as Gov. John Lynch, D-N. Eight years after New Hampshire became one of the early states to legalize same-sex marriage, the institution seems to be in something of a slump: The number of same-sex marriages in the state has fallen by 50 percent sincedeclining in four out of the last five years.
In the wake of the Supreme Court's decision on marriage, they got thousands. At times those on hand in Market Square seemed to surprise themselves with their numbers and their enthusiasm. Some of the speakers, like Jake Sandlin and Nicki Sinclair, could hardly find the words to describe the moment:.
In the U. The historic bill would ensure that all Americans — regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity — have the opportunity to fully participate in our civic and economic life. Transgender Americans are facing an onslaught of discriminatory attacks from the Trump Administration, and Senator Hassan has consistently spoken out against any attempt to undermine the rights of the transgender community. Senator Hassan is also working to allow legally married same-sex couples — who until the U.
Same-sex marriage has been legal in the U. The law provided that civil unionswhich the state had established as of January 1,would be converted to marriages on January 1,unless dissolved, annulledor converted to marriage before that date. Following the first same-sex marriages in Massachusetts in MayNew Hampshire established a member commission to consider the question of civil recognition of same-sex relationships.
CNN -- New Hampshire's move to become the most recent state to legalize same-sex marriage hit a bump Wednesday, after the state House of Representatives failed to agree to changes made by the governor. But Gov. John Lynch, a three-term Democrat, said last week he would sign a same-sex marriage bill only if it provides "the strongest and clearest protections for religious institutions and associations, and for the individuals working with such institutions.