New Hampshire — State legislature passed a compromise Marriage Equality bill that is fully supported by New Hampshire Governor, John Lynch. Â New Hampshire, becomes the third state to achieve the goal of marriage equality via legislation,Â and is now the sixth state where same-sex couples canÂ marry legally.
A prior marriage equality bill passed both NH houses, however Gov. LynchÂ declared thatÂ heâ€™d sign the bill only if it included an amendment to include languageÂ giving exemptionsÂ to churches and other religious organizations. Â Todayâ€™s bill included that exemption.
New Hampshireâ€™s openly gay legislators, Rep. Ed Butler, Rep. David Pierce, and, wereÂ praised by Victory Fund President and CEO Chuck Wolfe for using their personal storiesÂ to persuade their colleagues toÂ support the measure,Â Â â€Being there matters. Â Being open and honest matters. Â Being out has the power to change hearts and minds, and todayâ€™s victory is proof of that. Â I want to thank New Hampshireâ€™s Out state lawmakers, New Hampshire Freedom to Marry, the Human Rights Campaign and all whose hard work helped make this possible.â€