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Success as New Hampshire House kills anti-marriage bill
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Success as New Hampshire House kills anti-marriage bill

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The New Hampshire House of Representatives has killed two measures to repeal marriage equality in the state.

On February 15, the House first rejected a constitutional amendment to define marriage as "one man and one woman" and then voted down a bill to repeal the marriage equality law passed last year.

The votes technically came on motions to accept a House Judiciary Committee report that repeal was "Inexpedient to Legislate" - in other words, not recommended to pass.

The full House voted to accept their report and kill both measures without even bringing them up for debate on the merits.

The final vote on CACR 28 - the constitutional amendment - was 201-135. The vote on the repeal bill HB 1590 was 210-109.

New Hampshire's marriage equality bill was finally passed on June 3, 2009, after months of legislative drama, and signed by the governor on the same day. It took effect on January 1 this year.

The House vote to pass the original marriage equality legislation was 198-176, so the latest votes indicate that several legislators who originally voted against marriage now do not support repeal.

In a statement released shortly after the vote, Freedom to Marry Executive Director Evan Wolfson noted that the Iowa state legislature killed similar legislation last week.

"As same-sex couples continue to marry and the sky doesn't fall in the nation's two first presidential-primary states, Americans will have more chances to think anew about the importance of treating others as we all would want to be treated, and to ask our elected officials whether they, too, support equal justice under the law," he said.

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