Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Getting Closer in NH

"The New Hampshire Senate voted, 13-11, today to allow adult same-sex couples to marry, approving an amended version of a House-passed bill after a vote to kill the legislation altogether failed by the same margin.

The bill passed by the Senate recognizes a distinction between civil and religious marriages and allows religious denominations to decide whether they will conduct religious marriages for gay or lesbian couples. Civil marriages would be available to both heterosexual and same-sex couples under the law. “This bill recognizes the sanctity of religious marriage and the diversity of religious beliefs about marriage while still providing equal access to civil marriage to all New Hampshire citizens,” said Sen. Maggie Hassan, an Exeter Democrat.
The legislation cannot advance to the governor for his signature or veto unless both houses approve the same version. "

So, it's back to House, where a similar bill passed with a razor thin margin.



jelly said...

It seems like it is becoming a reality, that we are so close to having marriage. Finally.

Its like, one state after another all of a sudden.

This is awesome and makes me feel so optimistic.

John said...

Yep, the dam has broken.

We live in exciting times.

John Hosty-Grinnell said...

My only trouble with NH's bill is that they are calling for a two tier system which begs for the question; why is that needed?

I'll take what I can get, I honestly didn't expect them to pass anything after what I witnessed over the past few weeks in NH.

Can I get an AMEN?! ;)

Kim Schultz said...