April 29th, 2009
03:28 PM ET
7 years ago

New Hampshire Senate approves same-sex marriage

(CNN) - The New Hampshire State Senate narrowly voted Wednesday to allow the state to become the fifth in the country to legalize same-sex marriage.

The measure, passing on a 13-11 vote, now heads to the New Hampshire House of Representatives, which has passed same-sex marriage legislation, but rejected earlier this year a provision in the Senate bill that lays out a distinction between civil and religious marriage.

New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch, a Democrat, has not indicated whether he would sign the bill should it reach his desk.

(Updated to clarify that the rejected provision was a small part of a larger bill, which passed the House)

Filed under: New Hampshire • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Ravi

    Wonderful! Come on NH, show the entire Union that you truly do live up to the slogan 'live free or die'. Become the 5th state to side with equality, and then New England will earn its title as the enlightened part of the Union.

    April 29, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. Vermonter

    Come into the light NH and join your "twin" in Vermont.

    April 29, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. Luke Brown

    Same gender marriages help millions of people and hurt no one.

    April 29, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. KC

    As of today you cannot form an opinion on this subject without being threatened with criminal prosecution. Please be careful of your posts.

    April 29, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  5. Jerry


    You straights have absolutely nothing to worry about.

    Live & Let Live.

    Go New Hampshire!

    April 29, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  6. G NO P

    TomH (In) April 29th, 2009 3:56 pm ET

    Adam and Steve can't concieve.

    Neither can a lot of straight couples. What does that have to do with anything?

    April 29, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  7. G NO P

    Barbara April 29th, 2009 4:04 pm ET

    Another sad day for our country. It is high time to stand up for morals and what is right before this country goes down any further.

    Tell you what- you worry about your own morals and let everyone else worry about their own.

    April 29, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  8. Bud

    Another wonderful day in America! Consenting adults, gay or straight, should be able to marry one another.

    April 29, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  9. Purple Spider

    I am tired of listening to the hate that is going back and forth between those that believe in same sex marriage and those who do not believe in same sex marriage. All states should just pass the bill and get it done, so we can all have a rest!!!

    April 29, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  10. Moderate Democrat

    Just be happy that they don't outlaw stupid people from being married or breeding. If they did, it would lead to the extinction of conservatives and republicans.

    April 29, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
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