WASHINGTON - Today, in a bipartisan 243-129 vote, the New Hampshire state House passed civil unions legislation that would give same-sex couples the exact same rights and responsibilities as heterosexual married couples in the state. The legislation would also make it possible for New Hampshire to recognize civil unions that were legally performed in another state that recognizes same-sex relationships.
"This is a tremendous step forward for same-sex couples in New Hampshire to finally receive the legal recognition they deserve," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "The bipartisan nature of today's vote shows that this is not an issue of Democrat or Republican but it is an issue of equality that crosses party lines. There is a trend underway in our country to recognize the relationships of same-sex couples and that is a welcome sign of equality for all Americans."
The bill now moves for consideration in the New Hampshire state Senate. If passed there, it would go to Gov. John Lynch's desk for signing into law.
Connecticut, New Jersey and Vermont have civil union laws for same-sex couples. California and Maine have a similar relationship-recognition laws that are termed "domestic partnerships."
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