By Ryan Collett
Republican lawmakers in New Hampshire, one of the first states to allow gay marriage, are planning to repeal the current law, passed in 2010, that allows same-sex couples to marry.
David Bates, a Republican representative, filed a repeal bill in 2011 after Republicans gained control of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. With both the New Hampshire Senate and House under Republican control, the bill could pass.
The Governor of New Hampshire, Democrat John Lynch, has promised to veto the repeal bill if it passes both the House and Senate. Lynch is on his fourth term as governor of the state. When the original bill was signed legalizing same-sex marriage, he said, “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.”
The repeal requires a two-thirds majority vote in the House and the Senate. If successful, the bill could have the power to bypass a veto by Governor Lynch.
A recent poll by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center shows that 59% of voters are not in favor of a repeal, with only 32% in favor.
Lawmakers from both parties have expressed their desire to give precedent to more pressing issues than same-sex marriage, like the economy and government spending. Bates’ repeal has been repeatedly set aside by the House, but its deadline for a vote is now approaching on March 29th.