Supporters watch as Gov. John Lynch, D-N. Eight years after New Hampshire became one of the early states to legalize same-sex marriage, the institution seems to be in something of a slump: The number of same-sex marriages in the state has fallen by 50 percent sincedeclining in four out of the last five years.
Same-sex marriage has been legal in the U. The law provided that civil unionswhich the state had established as of January 1,would be converted to marriages on January 1,unless dissolved, annulledor converted to marriage before that date. Following the first same-sex marriages in Massachusetts in MayNew Hampshire established a member commission to consider the question of civil recognition of same-sex relationships.
The Human Rights Campaign is firing an early shot at the emerging presidential field, releasing polling and research highlighting their opposition to same-sex marriage. On Wednesday, the group unveiled a micro-site highlighting GOP rhetoric on LGBT issues, including their positions on marriage, conversion therapy and bullying. Although the group will participate in a panel discussion.
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AP — New Hampshire is set to elect either its first openly gay member of Congress or its first black representative. While it used to be reliably Republican, the district has flipped in each of the last four cycles, becoming a swing district in a swing state. Maura Sullivan, a Marine veteran and former Pentagon official, faced criticism for being both new to the state and voting in general, having just moved to New Hampshire last year and acknowledging she failed to vote in several recent elections.
The reporter, Teresa Polenz, a freshman on The Dartmouth Review, is the subject of a criminal investigation by the State Attorney General's office and faces possible school disciplinary action. The civil liberties group, unable to decide between the homosexuals' complaint that their privacy had been violated and The Review's First Amendment rights, is reviewing both requests. The seeds of the dispute were sown more than two months ago when Miss Polenz answered a classified ad to attend a Gay Students Association meeting and secretly tape-recorded it.
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The actions came on the heels of a government report that found New Hampshire is "behind other states" regarding inclusion and diversity. Sununu signed the bills Friday and they take effect immediately. The transgender rights bill specifically applies to housing and employment while the gay conversion therapy ban bill made New Hampshire the 14th state to ban the practice. Devon Chaffee, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire, called the transgender bill "common-sense legislation into law to ensure transgender people in our state are treated fairly and with dignity under the law