February 17, 2010
by Norma Love | Associated Press
New Hampshire’s House has rejected a proposed constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman.
The House voted 201-135 to kill the amendment. Supporters needed 60 percent of the House to place it on the November ballot.
February 9, 2010
from the Associated Press
A House committee is recommending against repealing New Hampshire’s five-week-old gay marriage law.
The Judiciary Committee also voted today to recommend that the House kill a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between one man and one woman. The vote was 12-8 on both measures, largely along party lines led by Democratic opposition.
January 4, 2010
from the Los Angeles Times
Jubilant gay couples have rung in the New Year in New Hampshire with wedding vows to celebrate the state’s new law legalizing same-sex marriage.
At midnight, New Hampshire joined Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut and Iowa in allowing gay marriage.
December 29, 2009
Concord Monitor editorial
About a year ago in this space we congratulated state Rep. Jim Splaine for his courage in sponsoring a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in New Hampshire. His colleagues in the Legislature, we observed, might take time to come around to his point of view, but Splaine was on the right track. We encouraged him to persevere, even if the effort took years.
How amazed and happy we were to be proven wrong. Just a few months after it was filed, Splaine’s bill won the endorsement of New Hampshire legislators, and Gov. John Lynch signed it into law. This week, New Hampshire joins a small fraternity of states and countries to permit gay marriage – a powerful statement to the nation and the world that New Hampshire will no longer treat some residents as second-class citizens.
October 8, 2009
from the Associated Press
Gay couples can now apply for marriage licenses in New Hampshire — though the unions can’t be performed until Jan. 1 when the state’s law legalizing the unions takes effect.
Stephen Wurtz, acting director of the state division of vital records, said Wednesday that the licenses cost $45 and are good for 90 days. Wurtz said couples who have already entered into civil unions can either get a marriage license for a new ceremony or — at no cost — convert the civil union to a marriage after the first of the year. Couples wishing to convert civil unions must apply at the clerk’s office where the union was recorded.
June 3, 2009
Governor Lynch signs bill only hours after legislative approval
CONCORD — Governor John Lynch signed legislation that will give the legal protections of marriage to gay and lesbian couples in New Hampshire. Acting swiftly and decisively, Governor Lynch signed the legislation only an hour after the legislature took the final vote on the issue.
“Today is a historic day for all Granite Staters,” said Mo Baxley, executive director of the New Hampshire Freedom to Marry Coalition. “We applaud Governor Lynch, Speaker Norelli, President Larsen and the leadership of the General Court for making sure that all loving, committed couples have the freedom to marry. Today, our shared values of individual liberty, freedom, and fairness have been upheld.”
New Hampshire is now the 6th state in the United States to extend the freedom to marry to gay and lesbian couples. This new law will go into effect on January 1, 2010.
The New Hampshire Freedom to Marry Coalition was founded in January 2001 and is New Hampshire’s Statewide LGBT education and advocacy organization.
June 3, 2009
Gov. Lynch expected to sign legislation
WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, today applauded the New Hampshire State House and Senate for passing legislation to recognize marriage equality for same-sex couples. The senate voted 14-10 earlier in the day in favor of the bill. The house followed later in the afternoon, voting 198-176. The bill now moves to the desk of Gov. John Lynch where it is expected to be signed into law.
May 29, 2009
by Holly Ramer | The Associated Press
CONCORD, N.H.—House and Senate negotiators on Friday agreed to add one sentence and change one word in a bill that will determine whether the state allows gay marriage.
Both chambers have approved bills to legalize same-sex marriage, but Gov. John Lynch later demanded additional language to make it clear that churches and religious groups would not be forced to officiate at gay marriages or to provide services, facilities and goods of any kind to participants.
May 22, 2009
Another vote expected in June
by Brian MacQuarrie | Boston Globe Staff
New Hampshire supporters of same-sex marriage are scrambling to regroup after the House, in a stunning vote Wednesday, rejected a bill that would have made the Granite State the sixth in the country to allow such unions.
The bill, which would have accommodated Governor John Lynch’s demands for expanded protections for religious organizations and employees who do not approve of gay marriage, was defeated by two votes. Instead, the House asked the Senate to negotiate a compromise. Another House vote is expected in early June.
May 20, 2009
CONCORD, N.H. – A divided New Hampshire House refused to go along with changes the governor demanded to make his state the sixth to allow gay marriage. Instead, the House voted to further negotiate with the Senate.
The Senate passed the changes 14-10 Wednesday, but the House failed to agree later in the day by a vote of 188-186. Opponents tried to kill the bill, but failed. The House then voted 207-168 to ask the Senate to negotiate a compromise.