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Marriage up for vote in New Hampshire

As Vermont is in the midst of a debate on same-sex marriage, so is its neighbor.

In New Hampshire, the upside down state, the House will vote Thursday.

According to the Boston Globe:

Jim Splaine, a member of the New Hampshire House and chief sponsor of its
bill, said the vote will be close in a chamber with a majority of Democrats,
most of whom he said support the bill.
"It's going to be tough, but we stand a good chance," Splaine said. "I think most people have realized that we need full equality, not just civil unions."
New Hampshire Governor John Lynch, a Democrat, also opposes same-sex marriage. But, like Vermont's governor, he is not saying whether he would veto such a bill.
"He thinks the civil unions that he signed into law prevents discrimination and provides the same legal protections to all New Hampshire families to the extent that it's possible under federal law," said Colin Manning, a spokesman for Lynch.

You can read more here: http://www.boston.com/news/local/vermont/articles/2009/03/24/same_sex_marriage_bills_gain_in_ne/?page=1

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