After a long and completely unnecessary battle, the legislature of New Hampshire has approved a marriage equality bill that meets Governor John Lynch’s needless and already accounted for fears about religious freedom.
The Union Leader reports that the NH Senate approved a new compromise bill (14-10) late this morning, with the House following suit this afternoon (198-176). Governor Lynch signed the bill at around 5:20 PM. The new law takes effect January 1, 2010.
“Let’s vote this one last time. Church and state should be separate,” said Rep. Anthony DiFruscia, R-Windham, who helped craft the final compromise language.
In the Senate, Judiciary Committee chair Sen. Deborah Reynolds, D-Plymouth, said the language in the amendment strikes a balance that provides “equal rights for all and the right to religious freedom.”
So way to go, New Hampshire, the sixth state in the Union to recognize equality in marriage! Add another star to the flag!