Will New Hampshire Repeal Gay Marriage Legislation?
According to the New York Times, the new legislation has a good chance of passing the state legislature, which is controlled by Republicans. The bill is being sponsored by David Bates, a Republican in the New Hampshire House. Gov. John Lynch, a Democrat sai he would veto the legislation if it passes both the House and Senate. It is unclear if the Republicans have enough votes to override Lynch’s expected veto.
According to the New York Times:
Should the repeal pass, New Hampshire would be the first state in which a legislature has reversed itself on the issue of same-sex marriage. In Maine, voters repealed a marriage law through a referendum in November 2009, shortly after the Legislature approved it. This fall, a ballot initiative will ask voters to make same-sex marriage legal again.
While there may be support for repealing the law legalizing same-sex marriage within the state legislature, the bill is not as easy a sell for New Hampshire voters. A poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center shows that 59 percent of voters do not favor repeal of the gay marriage statute.
The New Hampshire House must take up a vote on the repeal and send it to the state Senate by March 29.