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WSJ Blog: Gay Marriage Becomes Issue in NH GOP Primary

 

The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire blog:

As New Hampshire gets ready for its first-in-the-nation presidential primary, the state legislature is expected to vote any day on one of its more controversial issues in years: whether to repeal a gay-marriage law passed in 2009.

The National Organization for Marriage, which has set up an operation in New Hampshire to push for the repeal, is pleased that the vote is coming when all eyes are on the state. “Right now it’s in the national spotlight and that’s very good,” said Brian Brown, president of the organization, which he says has been working in New Hampshire to “to encourage the candidates to stand up for marriage.” That would be marriage between one man and one woman.

... Meanwhile, local pro-repeal activists hope pinning down the presidential candidates on the issue can give clout to their cause, which would make New Hampshire the first state legislature to repeal a law allowing same-sex marriages.

They hit the jackpot with Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who recently told a voter at a Manchester diner: “I support the repeal of the New Hampshire law. I believe marriage is between a man and a woman.”