That’s weddings, not marriages, because technically all of New Hampshire’s gays who already have civil unions will automatically be “upgraded” to the M-word. But in the case of folks like Jeffry Burr and Neil Blair, there will be a new exchange of vows. Except tomorrow, it will be the couple’s third time tying the knot in some form: They had a commitment ceremony in June 2004; on Jan. 1, 2008, at 12:01 a.m., they secured a civil union the very first minute they legally could. And tomorrow, a full blown marriage ceremony — or rather, an exchange of vows, some bubbly, and dinner together. “It’s the third time,” says Blair. “How excited are you supposed to be?” Well there are some first-timers out there. How many?
Through late this month, some 40 gay couples have applied for marriage licenses, valid for 90 days, reports the AP, giving them the first stab at marrying tomorrow. If that doesn’t sound like a lot, keep in mind many couples want to keep their own anniversaries, and plan to stage weddings on the same date as their own self-selected commitments in years past.