Thursday, March 26, 2009

New Hampshire House Passes Same-Sex Marriage Bill

From WMUR:

CONCORD, N.H. -- A proposal to allow same-sex marriage in New Hampshire has passed after it initially failed by one vote in the House on Thursday.

The House originally defeated the measure 183-182. But because the House didn't kill it entirely, lawmakers were able to take another vote.

After the first vote, seven lawmakers changed their minds under a motion to reconsider, and the bill passed 186-179.

The bill now goes on to the Senate.

New Hampshire currently allows civil unions but not full marriage for same-sex couples. Arguments on the bill ranged from religious to economic issues.

Massachusetts and Connecticut are the only states that allow same-sex marriage.

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