06.03.2009 4:28pm EDT
Gov. John Lynch has signed the New Hampshire equal marriage bill, making New Hampshire the sixth state to have gay marriage. The law will take effect January 1, 2010.
The Senate passed the equal marriage compromise bill this morning; this afternoon, the House passed the bill 198-176. Creative Commons
“With Gov. Lynch signing legislation passed by the state Senate and House, New Hampshire has become the latest state to recognize that loving, committed couples, and their families, should receive equal dignity and respect under the law,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. “No religious institution will have to recognize any marriage under this law, as the language proposed by Gov. Lynch and agreed to by the legislature made abundantly clear.”
Only Rhode Island is the outlier in New England - the very Catholic state will be a much longer fight, even though a May poll showed that most Rhode Islanders actually favor a gay marriage bill.
Reprinted with permission of the 365gay.com
BY MICHAEL A. JONES PUBLISHED JUNE 03, 2009 @ 01:26PM PT
UPDATE: New Hampshire Governor John Lynch has signed the bill! Welcome to the marriage equality club, New Hampshire. Read more