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  New Hampshire Advances Repeal of Gay Marriage Law
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ContributorHomegrown Democrat 
Last EditedHomegrown Democrat  Sep 16, 2011 04:41pm
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CategoryProposed Legislation
AuthorMeagan Johnson
News DateThursday, September 15, 2011 09:30:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionLawmakers in New Hampshire approved a bill Wednesday that would repeal the state's gay marriage law, which will not affect same-sex couples already married, only prevent new couples from marrying if it goes into effect.

The amended bill, HB 427, will define marriage as only between a man and woman, and will allow civil unions between both heterosexual and homosexual couples competent to enter into a contract.

State Rep. David Bates, who sponsored the amended bill, said the civil union law strictly for same-sex couples treats homosexuals as a special group.

"There was no rational reason to limit that to same-sex couples," said Bates, R-Windham, according to the Associated Press (AP).
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