N.H. same-sex marriage law could be repealed

by Rex Wockner

New Hampshire's law that legalized same-sex marriage could be repealed if some Republican legislators get their way.

In the November elections, Republicans took control of both houses of the Legislature and have enough seats to override vetoes by Democratic Gov. John Lynch.

Bills already have been filed to repeal the marriage-equality law and to amend the state constitution to prohibit same-sex couples from marrying.

"Republicans now have a veto-proof majority in the Legislature, and the newly elected House speaker, state Rep. Bill O'Brien, is a staunch opponent of marriage equality," said Lee Swislow, executive director of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders. "But we know there are many New Hampshire Republicans who support marriage equality and we're looking forward to working with them."

The Legislature legalized same-sex marriage in June 2009 and the law took effect Jan. 1 of this year.

Same-sex marriage also is legal in Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, Vermont and Washington, D.C.

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