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  N.H. bill seeks to change marriage law
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Last EditedThe Sunset Provision  Jan 27, 2007 12:22am
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News DateSaturday, January 27, 2007 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionOne of the Legislature's most ardent marriage activists says his latest bill on the issue is meant to brace the separation between church and state, but critics say it would potentially threaten liberal denominations that perform ceremonies for same-sex couples.

Fremont Republican Daniel Itse wants to expand part of the law exempting certain religions from obtaining licenses to perform marriages because they do not have ordained clergy.

"You have to wonder why you're seeking permission from the state to perform a religious ceremony," he said. "That's the nugget -- it's probably the first religious ceremony ever performed, according to the Bible, so why are you seeking permission from a secular state to do so?"

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