The state of New Hampshire took another step in becoming less conservative today wheen it “became the sixth state in the nation — and the fifth state in New England — where same-sex couples will be allowed to marry.”
“Today we’re standing up for the liberties of same-sex couples by making clear they will receive the same rights, responsibilities, and respect under New Hampshire law,” Governor John Lynch said before signing the legislation in a State House ceremony at about 5:20 p.m.
Lynch said it was a New Hampshire tradition “to come down on the side of individual liberties and protections, and that tradition continues today.” The room, filled by scores of the bill’s supporters, resounded with applause as he signed.
Rhode Island is now the only New England state that gay marriage is not legal. The new law will go into effect in New Hampshire on January 1.