The bill to strike down same-sex marriage in New Hampshire has failed in the state House by a vote of 211 to 116, reports the AP. It’s surprisingly that a Republican-controlled House with a veto-proof majority defeated it so strongly, but New Hampshire is a weird state.
Democratic Gov. John Lynch vowed to veto the measure, but now it seems he probably won’t even have to entertain the thought.
“Today’s victory affirmed the equality of New Hampshire’s gay and lesbian citizens,” said Lee Swislow, Executive Director of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, New England’s most active LGBT advocacy group. “After the last election where Republicans gained control of both the House and the Senate, some thought that marriage equality was doomed. But many, many Republicans courageously stood up against repeal. We thank them and we congratulate Standing Up for New Hampshire Families and all the organizations and individuals who worked so hard to protect the freedom to marry.”
Marriage equality was signed into law in New Hampshire in 2009, and marriage began in the state on January 1, 2010. According to recent polls, over 60% of New Hampshire residents support marriage equality.