N Hampshire struggles marriage legislation

New Hampshire has two proposed laws dealing with same-sex marriage.

“One (bill) would repeal the same-sex marriage law enacted last year,” said Kevin Smith, executive director of Cornerstone Action. “The other would put the question of a constitutional amendment to give the people of New Hampshire a chance to finally have their say on the issue.” There’s also a grassroots movement of people petitioning their local town governments to put the question on the ballot, according to Smith.

“Now it would be non-binding, but it would certainly be significant and symbolic for the townspeople to go and vote on it in the town elections in March,” Smith added.

Smith doesn’t expect the same Legislature that legalized gay marriage to repeal it or put it on the ballot. Committee hearings on both bills are expected within a few months.

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