WSJ Law Blog: New Hampshire GOP Looks To Roll Back Same-Sex Marriage Law


Sam Favate at the Wall Street Journal's Law Blog:

There’s been a flurry of activity on same-sex marriage lately, with Washington becoming the seventh state permitting it, the New Jersey legislature approving it despite a veto threat from the governor, the Ninth Circuit ruling the California same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional, and Maryland poised this week to be the eighth state to make it legal.

Now, some lawmakers in New Hampshire want to be the first in the nation to go the other way. A bill to repeal the state’s same-sex marriage law appears to have a chance at passing both houses of the state legislature, the New York Times reported. Gov. John Lynch, a Democrat, has promised to veto such a bill, but Republicans have veto-proof majorities in the New Hampshire House and Senate. If the repeal overcame a veto, it would mark the first time a legislature overturned a same-sex marriage law.

The bill, which can be seen here, would define marriage as “the legally recognized union of one man and one woman.”

... A vote in the N.H. House would have to happen by March 29, which is when legislation must be sent to the state Senate. Rep. David Bates, who introduced the bill last year after Republicans took control of the legislature, said the bill would be changed to make more members happy with it.


  1. Good news
    Posted March 5, 2012 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    Come on! Push everybody!
    Lets start turning around the direction of this mindless, monster momentum, titanic of a movement same sex 'marriage' thing.
    Push! We might get it turned around yet.

  2. Michael Worley
    Posted March 5, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    people in New Hampshire, call in!

  3. Zack
    Posted March 5, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Permalink


    Iowa you're next!

  4. Louis E.
    Posted March 5, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    Bates just needs to delete that prohibition of IVF and let's hope that puts the bill over the veto-proof top!

  5. John N.
    Posted March 5, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    Do it New Hampshire. That would be awesome baby. This MA resident is cheering you on.

  6. leo
    Posted March 6, 2012 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    Go New Hampshire, do a push back on the SSM movement...

  7. Ash
    Posted March 6, 2012 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    They have a prohibition on IVF in the bill, Louis? I totally agree with you: make the bill about marriage only so that it can win!


  8. Louis E.
    Posted March 6, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    Ash,there's a sentence in the bill that says children can only be conceived through natural copulation between heterosexual couples,which would preclude lab procedures.I think Bates has now abandoned that provision.

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