Wednesday, June 03, 2009

New Hampshire Legalizes Gay Marriage

And another state strikes a blow for freedom and justice for all! New England is looking good! Governor Lynch was surrounded by cheering supporters when he signed the bill making New Hampshire the 6th state to legalize same-sex marriage.

Traditionally conservative New Hampshire today became the sixth state in the nation to legalize gay marriage, after a bill was enacted by both the state House and Senate and then signed by Governor John Lynch.

"Today, we're standing up for the liberties of same-sex couples by making clear they will receive the same rights, responsibilities, and respect under New Hampshire law," Lynch said before signing the bill at about 5:20 p.m. Lynch said it was a New Hampshire tradition "to come down on the side of individual liberties and protections, and that tradition continues today."

Gay marriage is now legal in Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Massachusetts -- all of the new England states, except for Rhode Island. Gay marriage is also legal in Iowa.