New Hampshire Senate Votes to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage
New Hampshire’s Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would legalize same-sex marriage after an amendment was added that prohibits polygamy and marriage of family members, among other measures.
Governor John Lynch has not indicated whether he will veto the bill, which passed in a 13-11 vote and would make New Hampshire the nation’s fifth state where gay marriage is legal. But the Democrat has expressed opposition to the measure.
The bill passed the state’s House of Representatives on March 26 but looked set for near certain defeat in the Senate before the amendment, which appeared to mollify some critics in the Democrat-controlled chamber.
The last-minute changes to the legislation would allow clergy to decline to marry homosexual couples and give couples the freedom to either keep the words “bride” and “groom” on marriage licenses, or simply use the word “spouse” instead.
Good thing they got those polygamy (which I’m guessing was probably already illegal) and incest bans in there. If the other states that have legalized gay marriage have taught us anything, it’s that same-sex unions are really just a smokescreen for the true goal: gay sibling marriage!
Still a good day, though.