New Hampshire Governor John Lynch signed legislation today that will legalize same-sex marriage in that state, making NH the sixth state (after CT, ME, VT, MA, and IA) to legalize same-sex marriage:
Lynch, a Democrat, had promised a veto if the law didn’t clearly spell out that churches and religious groups would not be forced to officiate at gay marriages or provide other services. Legislators made the changes.
“Today, we are standing up for the liberties of same-sex couples by making clear that they will receive the same rights, responsibilities–and respect–under New Hampshire law,” Lynch said.
Lynch said it is now time for the federal government to extend full equal rights to same-sex couples.
This means that every state in New England–save for Rhode Island–now recognizes the right of same-sex couples to marry.
Toward a more perfect union…