New Hampshire is sixth state to grant marriage rights to gays
by Lisa Keen
Bay Area Reporter
Everyone expected a close vote on the same-sex marriage bill in the New Hampshire House on Wednesday, June 3, but it wasn't. The bill passed 198-176, after passing the Senate, 14-10, that morning. Governor John Lynch signed the bill about one hour after the House vote, said openly gay state Representative Jim Splaine.
New Hampshire is now the sixth state to approve equal state marriage rights for same-sex couples, following Massachusetts (in 2004), Connecticut (2008), and Iowa, Vermont, and Maine (in 2009). California briefly allowed same-sex couples to wed for five months last year before voters approved Proposition 8, which banned such unions.