Attempt to Repeal New Hampshire Marriage Equality Law Fails Spectacularly
Gov. John Lynch, a Democrat, had promised to veto the bill if it reached his desk.
State lawmakers approved civil unions in 2007 and same-sex marriages in 2009, when both houses in the state legislature were controlled by Democrats.
Close to 2,000 gay and lesbian couples have been married in New Hampshire since the current law went into effect January 1, 2010. The new law would have replaced same-sex marriages with civil unions starting in 2013, but marriages that took place before the repeal would have remained valid.
This in and of itself would be newsworthy, but there’s also the fact that the Republicans who set this attempt at repeal in motion were so damn smug about the entire thing. Rep. David Bates, the bill’s main sponsor, set about repealing the law because he “feared marriage equality would ruin society.”
Another win for the home team. You can’t fight the tide of history. So quit your trying!