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NH Gay Marriage Law: Repeal Looks Unlikely for Now

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By Minara El-Rahman on February 10, 2010 1:01 PM

After a mere five weeks of being enacted, there is talk of having the NH gay marriage law repealed. However, there are many who will not let the NH gay marriage law go down without a fight. The Boston Herald reports that a New Hampshire House Judiciary Committee is advising against the repeal. The Judiciary Committee has advised that the House shoot down a constitutional amendment that attempts to define marriage an institution between a man and a woman, versus between two individuals.

While it seems that the NH gay marriage law getting repealed is unlikely, opponents of the law were hoping to keep the law at bay while the Republicans make an effort to become a majority in November. It is then that, if elected to a majority, they are expected to attempt the repeal of the law and ban gay marriage. However, the Concord Monitor reports that Kevin Smith, executive director of Cornerstone Policy Research predicts that the House will shoot down both measures. He is quoted as saying: "More than anything, it's symbolic. The voters are going to know whether the Legislature wants them to have a voice on this issue." The legislature can act as soon as next week on the issue.

Republicans in New Hampshire have been very vocal about their displeasure over the new law. As we wrote about previously in FindLaw's Law and Daily Life Blog, New Hampshire state Rep. Jordan Ulery, made it very clear that he was against same sex marriages: "A man and a woman together create a family where individuals of the same gender cannot create a family." For more information, please visit our Related Resources links.

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