Friday, April 6, 2007

N.H. House passes civil unions

Lawmakers vote to extend rights, 243-129
Concord Monitor
April 05. 2007 8:00AM

In what lawmakers called a victory for fairness and equality, the House voted by a nearly 2-to-1 margin yesterday to endorse creating civil unions for same-sex couples.

The 243-129 vote gave supporters hope that the bill will pass the Senate this spring and be signed into law by Gov. John Lynch, to take effect Jan. 1. That would make New Hampshire the fourth state to adopt civil unions, after Vermont, Connecticut and New Jersey. Only Massachusetts allows legal marriage for same-sex couples.

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