They’re calling it a “compromise,” but the same-sex marriage bill New Hampshire’s House and Senate agreed on today changes just one word and adds one sentence to the bill they previously passed and sent to Gov. John Lynch. (The Senate previously approved Lynch’s changes to make religious protections more explicit, but the House managed to bungle a vote on the same thing.) The new bills are expected to go to a full vote on Wednesday.
AP: “The new version, which is expected to come up for a vote Wednesday, adds a sentence specifying that all religious organizations, associations or societies have exclusive control over their religious doctrines, policies, teachings and beliefs on marriage. It also clarifies that church-related organizations that serve charitable or educational purposes are exempt from having to provide insurance and other benefits to same sex spouses of employees. The earlier version said ‘charitable and educational’ instead of ‘charitable or educational.'”
And the best part: Gov. Lynch is on board with the changes and, despite Republican objections, is expected to sign the bill when it hits his desk. WHICH MEANS! New Hampshire will become State No. 6 to provide equal marriage rights to gays and lesbians. Yahoo!