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.
A 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.