Wednesday, January 6, 2010

As in Iowa, marriage equality opponents in New Hampshire seek constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage

01/06/10 Concord Monitor:

Just as same-sex couples begin to marry in New Hampshire, the state House Judiciary Committee will soon hold a hearing on CACR 28, a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions that are understood as marriage "in effect." (This is a "super-DOMA" amendment.) Under Art. 100 of the New Hampshire constitution, a proposed constitutional amendment passes only if the Senate and House approve by a three-fifths majority, and if voters also approve by a two-thirds majority. CACR 28 calls for voter consideration of the question in the November 2010 election. The constitutional hurdles to adoption are less formidable than they are for a forthcoming proposal of a "marriage protection amendment" in Iowa.

A co-sponsor of CACR 28, state Rep. David Bates, has just launched a campaign,, "to urge state legislators to let the people vote" on the proposed amendment. It appears to be the analogue of the LUV ("Let Us Vote") Campaign in Iowa.

A separate House bill, introduced by Rep. Al Baldasaro, a Londonderry Republican, would repeal same-sex marriage. "

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