New Hampshire Senate Approves Same-Sex Marriage

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Published on April 29, 2009 with No Comments

By Luke Thomas

April 29, 2009

The New Hampshire State Senate today approved a bill that would make marriage between same-sex couples legal.

The bill, which passed 13-11, would establish a two-tiered marriage license system; one for civil marriages and the other for religious marriages.

“As expected, marriage equality took another step forward today with the support of the New Hampshire State Senate,” said California State Senator Mark Leno. “Equal protection under the law for all Americans should not sound like a radical notion, though, when elected officials support the concept, it still makes news.”

“Marriage equality is the future of our country just as ending the ban on inter-racial marriage was a half century ago,” Leno added. “The continued progress of the respect, dignity and validation of all loving and committed relationships is a reason to celebrate.”

The proposal must now be ratified by the house before the bill can be presented to Governor John Lynch for signature.

New Hampshire would be the fifth state to legalize same-sex marriage should the bill become law.

Luke Thomas

Luke Thomas

Luke Thomas is a former software developer and computer consultant who proudly hails from London, England. In 2001, Thomas took a yearlong sabbatical to travel and develop a photographic portfolio. Upon his return to the US, Thomas studied photojournalism to pursue a career in journalism. In 2004, Thomas worked for several neighborhood newspapers in San Francisco before accepting a partnership agreement with the SanFranciscoSentinel.com, a news website formerly covering local, state and national politics. In September 2006, Thomas launched FogCityJournal.com. The BBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, New York Times, Der Spiegel, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Magazine, 7x7, San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Bay Guardian and the San Francisco Weekly, among other publications and news outlets, have published his work. Thomas is a member of the Freelance Unit of the Pacific Media Workers Guild, TNG-CWA Local 39521 and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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