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New Hampshire preserves same-sex marriage

CONCORD, N.H. – The New Hampshire House voted 210-109 today to kill a bill that would have nullified the state’s 6-week-old same-sex marriage law.

Earlier today, the House also rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as between one woman and one man.

Supporters failed to get the necessary 60 percent of the House vote to place the amendment on the November ballot.

Iowa legislators turned back a similar effort last week.

"In resounding votes today, New Hampshire lawmakers sent a clear signal of their continued support for the freedom to marry, rejecting attempts to strip marriage away from committed couples who happen to be gay,” said Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry.

“The New Hampshire votes followed a similar stand by legislators in Iowa last week. Iowa and New Hampshire's refusal to take the freedom to marry away underscored the lesson learned in Massachusetts, Vermont and Connecticut: including same-sex committed couples in marriage helps families and harms no one,” he said.

“As same-sex couples continue to marry and the sky doesn't fall in the nation's two first presidential-primary states, Americans will have more chances to think anew about the importance of treating others as we all would want to be treated, and to ask our elected officials whether they, too, support equal justice under the law."

Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont allow same-sex marriage, and Washington, D.C., has approved a similar law.