State Laws and Legislation

New Hampshire Marriage/Relationship Recognition Law

Licenses marriages for same-sex couples? Yes.
As of January 1, 2010.

Honors marriages of same-sex couples from other jurisdictions? Yes.
As of January 1, 2010.

Any form of statewide relationship recognition for same-sex couples? Yes.

As of January 1, 2010, same-sex couples are able to marry in New Hampshire.

In 2007, the Legislature passed a bill that created the legal status of civil unions. Parties to a civil union are entitled to all of the state-level spousal rights and responsibilities. Governor Lynch signed the bill into law, and it became effective January 1, 2008. No new civil unions can be entered into after January 1, 2010. Couples who entered into civil unions before January 1, 2010 can now have their civil unions changed to marriages.

Citations: .H. REV. STAT. ANN 457:1; N.H. REV. STAT. ANN 457:2; N.H. REV. STAT. ANN 457:3; N.H. REV. STAT. ANN 457:43; NH HB 436 (2009), NH HB 73 (2009).


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Updated: Tue, January 05, 2010 - 12:00:30