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Gov Lynch Vows Veto of Same-Sex Marriage Repeal

Gov Lynch Vows Veto of Same-Sex Marriage Repeal

 

New Hampshire Governor John Lynch has once again pledged to veto a Republican-backed repeal of New Hampshire’s same-sex marriage law.

Gov Lynch, speaking for his annual State of the State address, said:

“New Hampshire has a long and proud tradition of fighting for the rights of all of our people and a tradition of leaving people alone to pursue their own happiness. As Governor, I intended to uphold that centuries old tradition and I will stand firm against any legislation that will strip any of our citizens of their civil rights.”

You can watch a video of his remarks below:

This comment comes as House legislators are expected to this week vote on a measure, already passed by the state’s Senate, to repeal the two-year-old marriage equality law.

Republican legislators, who have veto proof majorities in the state’s Legislature, have however postponed the vote before, and there have been suggestions that GOP lawmakers are divided on the bill, with Republican state Rep. Seth Cohn suggesting that even though Republicans control the Legislature there is not enough of a consensus among Republicans to override a veto on the bill.

The proposed repeal legislation seeks to replace marriage equality with civil unions for unmarried adults, including relatives.

statewide poll conducted in February of last year found that 63 percent of voters oppose attempts to overturn the same-sex marriage law, while 92 percent of all voters agree that the state’s political leadership should focus on economic issues over social issues.

Entrepreneur Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway, recently joined Standing Up for New Hampshire Families to fight against the repeal.

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3:32PM PST on Feb 21, 2012

great stuff

1:16PM PST on Feb 7, 2012

So sad that the GOP still wants unconstitutional laws (CA's Prop 8's ruling of being unconstitutional was affirmed this morning in the appeals' court).

12:30PM PST on Feb 5, 2012

Good news.

11:18PM PST on Feb 4, 2012

Thank you.

1:56AM PST on Feb 3, 2012

Whoo hoo!

8:57PM PST on Feb 2, 2012

Amen, Gov. Lynch!

8:17PM PST on Feb 2, 2012

GOOD! Imagine....a leader taking a stand for civil rights? KUDOS!

1:17PM PST on Feb 2, 2012

GOOD!

Go ahead and repeal it already! We need more people to move to New York and stimulate our ecomomy!

"One man's trash, is anothers treasure"!

11:46AM PST on Feb 2, 2012

AWESOME!

11:44AM PST on Feb 2, 2012

This is not suprising when it comes to Civil Rights most Governors have had to be forced to allow eqaulity,

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