Live Free or Die, New Hampshire Becomes 6th State to Pass Marriage Equality

 

NH Rep. Ed Butler and civil union partner Les Schoof will now be able to tie the knot legally.

NH Rep. Ed Butler and civil union partner Les Schoof will now be able to tie the knot legally.

New Hampshire — State legislature passed a compromise Marriage Equality bill that is fully supported by New Hampshire Governor, John Lynch.  New Hampshire, becomes the third state to achieve the goal of marriage equality via legislation, and is now the sixth state where same-sex couples can  marry legally.

A prior marriage equality bill passed both NH houses, however Gov. Lynch declared that he’d sign the bill only if it included an amendment to include language giving exemptions to churches and other religious organizations.  Today’s bill included that exemption.

New Hampshire’s openly gay legislators, Rep. Ed Butler, Rep. David Pierce, and, were praised by Victory Fund President and CEO Chuck Wolfe for using their personal stories to persuade their colleagues to support the measure,  ”Being there matters.  Being open and honest matters.  Being out has the power to change hearts and minds, and today’s victory is proof of that.  I want to thank New Hampshire’s Out state lawmakers, New Hampshire Freedom to Marry, the Human Rights Campaign and all whose hard work helped make this possible.”