UPDATE2 – Passed 198 to 176! It passed in the Senate this morning.  The bill now goes to the governor for his promised signature.

UPDATE – It’s being debated now!

The bill is up!   (0.00 / 0)

Gallery is anticipative, State House plaza is quiet and somber.

Zandra Rice Hawkins (Granite State Progress)

by: Zandra Rice Hawkins @ Wed Jun 03, 2009 at 15:15:43 PM EDT

Over at Blue Hampshire, they’re guessing that the vote on the marriage bill, HB 73, will happen around 3 PM EST.  You can listen to the live stream here.  Briefly, the Senate this morning adopted changes that the governor required to forestall his threatened veto.  We’re waiting for the House to vote.  The calculation was that there weren’t enough votes to override a veto.

Please chime in if you have better information or other video or audio sources.


UPDATE 3 FROM PAM: The press releases are flowing in as New Hampshire will join Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont and Iowa in recognizing that separate is not equal

New Hampshire Freedom to Marry:

“Today’s vote is in line with the majority of Granite Staters who support the freedom to marry,” said Mo Baxley, the executive director of the New Hampshire Freedom to Marry Coalition.  “The legislature has upheld the New Hampshire values of individual liberty, freedom and fairness.  We applaud the legislature for continuing to strongly safeguard religious freedom while making sure that all loving, committed couples have the freedom to marry.”

Empowering Spirits Foundation (CA):

The Empowering Spirits Foundation, a national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, today applauded the New Hampshire Legislature for voting in favor of the same-sex marriage bill amendment, which provides language to protect religious institutions not wanting to participate in same-sex marriages.  The state Senate voted 14-10 Wednesday morning to the compromise legislation, and the state House later voted 198-176 in favor of the amendment.  New Hampshire Governor John Lynch has stated that he will sign the same-sex marriage bill into law if it included strengthened protections for religious institutions.  Should the legislation go into effect January 1, 2010 as predicted, New Hampshire will become the 6th state to legalize same-sex marriage.

“The amended legislation is considerate to both sides and provides equal rights and protections to all in New Hampshire,” says A. Latham Staples, Empowering Spirits Foundation Executive Director.

“America is at a turning point.  Recent advances toward equality in Iowa, Vermont, Maine, the District of Columbia and now New Hampshire show that the tide is changing in our favor,” added Staples.  “The LGBT community isn’t asking for special rights or to compromise the beliefs of those who are critical of us.  We are merely seeking equal rights, as envisioned by our founding fathers and guaranteed by the Constitution.  And I believe people are starting to realize that gays and lesbians are an important segment of society, and are entitled to all of the rights and benefits of marriage.”

HRC:

“We look forward to Gov. Lynch signing the legislation passed by the state Senate and House that would make New Hampshire the latest state to recognize that loving, committed couples, and their families, should receive equal rights and responsibilities,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese.  “No religious institution will have to recognize any marriage under this law, as the language proposed by Gov. Lynch and agreed to by the legislature made abundantly clear.”

UPDATE2 – Passed 198 to 176! It passed in the Senate this morning.  The bill now goes to the governor for his promised signature.

UPDATE – It’s being debated now!

The bill is up!   (0.00 / 0)

Gallery is anticipative, State House plaza is quiet and somber.

Zandra Rice Hawkins (Granite State Progress)

by: Zandra Rice Hawkins @ Wed Jun 03, 2009 at 15:15:43 PM EDT

Over at Blue Hampshire, they’re guessing that the vote on the marriage bill, HB 73, will happen around 3 PM EST.  You can listen to the live stream here.  Briefly, the Senate this morning adopted changes that the governor required to forestall his threatened veto.  We’re waiting for the House to vote.  The calculation was that there weren’t enough votes to override a veto.

Please chime in if you have better information or other video or audio sources.


UPDATE 3 FROM PAM: The press releases are flowing in as New Hampshire will join Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont and Iowa in recognizing that separate is not equal

New Hampshire Freedom to Marry:

“Today’s vote is in line with the majority of Granite Staters who support the freedom to marry,” said Mo Baxley, the executive director of the New Hampshire Freedom to Marry Coalition.  “The legislature has upheld the New Hampshire values of individual liberty, freedom and fairness.  We applaud the legislature for continuing to strongly safeguard religious freedom while making sure that all loving, committed couples have the freedom to marry.”

Empowering Spirits Foundation (CA):

The Empowering Spirits Foundation, a national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, today applauded the New Hampshire Legislature for voting in favor of the same-sex marriage bill amendment, which provides language to protect religious institutions not wanting to participate in same-sex marriages.  The state Senate voted 14-10 Wednesday morning to the compromise legislation, and the state House later voted 198-176 in favor of the amendment.  New Hampshire Governor John Lynch has stated that he will sign the same-sex marriage bill into law if it included strengthened protections for religious institutions.  Should the legislation go into effect January 1, 2010 as predicted, New Hampshire will become the 6th state to legalize same-sex marriage.

“The amended legislation is considerate to both sides and provides equal rights and protections to all in New Hampshire,” says A. Latham Staples, Empowering Spirits Foundation Executive Director.

“America is at a turning point.  Recent advances toward equality in Iowa, Vermont, Maine, the District of Columbia and now New Hampshire show that the tide is changing in our favor,” added Staples.  “The LGBT community isn’t asking for special rights or to compromise the beliefs of those who are critical of us.  We are merely seeking equal rights, as envisioned by our founding fathers and guaranteed by the Constitution.  And I believe people are starting to realize that gays and lesbians are an important segment of society, and are entitled to all of the rights and benefits of marriage.”

HRC:

“We look forward to Gov. Lynch signing the legislation passed by the state Senate and House that would make New Hampshire the latest state to recognize that loving, committed couples, and their families, should receive equal rights and responsibilities,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese.  “No religious institution will have to recognize any marriage under this law, as the language proposed by Gov. Lynch and agreed to by the legislature made abundantly clear.”

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