Haven’t seen too many comments on the New Hampshire gay marriage bill, so decided to give an update…
The bill was originally proposed in the House of Representatives and voted down 177-189. But there was a discussion and re-vote right after, and a few hours later it was passed 186-179. It then passed throught the Senate 13-11… One senator who had been opposed to the bill changed her stance on the issue and voted yes, resulting in its passage. Senate had made some amendments, which the House agreed to, 178-167.
Bill history on General Court’s (New Hampshire Legislature’s) website
It went on to the governor, who has always said he has believed the term marriage should be reserved to “one man and one woman.” But when this bill came to him, he said that “as Governor of New Hampshire, I recognize that I have a responsibility to consider this issue through a broader lens” and said he would support the bill, but only if provisions were added that would protect religious institutions and non-profit organizations.
Governor’s statement on gay marriage on the governor’s website
(Many people aren’t too happy about this “flip-flop.” In his statement he also noted that “At its core, HB 436 [the gay marriage bill] simply changes the term ‘civil union’ to ‘civil marriage.’ Given the cultural, historical and religious significance of the word marriage, this is a meaningful change.”
Yesterday morning (May 20th) the Senate passed the bill with his changes along party lines, 14-10. (Democrats for, Republicans against). It went on to the House of Representatives in the afternoon… And was rejected 186-188! The bill was not killed, but sent to a committee that will try to make a compromise between the House and Senate. So it might return in this session. The governor has said he will veto anything less than what he has demanded.