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New Hampshire House Votes to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

The New Hampshire state House approved a bill that would allow same-sex marriage in the state yesterday. The measure passed 186 to 179. New Hampshire became the seventh state to legalize civil unions in 2007.

The measure now moves to the New Hampshire state Senate, where Democrats have a 14 to 9 majority. A similar bill is currently moving through the Vermont state legislature. New Hampshire State Representative David Pierce told the Associated Press “When my children grow up to be old enough to know what discrimination is, they should not have to learn they were the objects of it…it is separate but equal all over again. Would you volunteer to ride at the back of the bus? Would you volunteer to give up your marriage license for a civil union license?” Representative Pierce has a partner and two daughters.

Sources:

Feminist Daily Newswire 6/1/2007, 3/24/09; Associated Press 3/26/09