Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Marriage equality bills passing

NYTimes reports:
The New Hampshire Senate voted narrowly on Wednesday to legalize same-sex marriage, paving the way for the state to potentially become the fifth in the nation — and the third this month — to allow gay couples to wed.

The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 13 to 11 in favor of the bill, which was passed by the State House of Representatives last month, but only after a last-minute amendment strengthened language granting legal protections for religious groups and organizations that do not want to perform or otherwise help carry out same-sex marriages.

And in Maine the TimesRecord
A bill that would allow same-sex marriage in Maine is in the hands of the Legislature following an 11-2-1 vote Tuesday by the Judiciary Committee to support the measure.

As it has since it was introduced by Sen. Dennis Damon, D-Trenton, the bill, LD 1020, triggered strong emotions. One woman who opposed the measure even had to be escorted out of the hearing room Tuesday because of her loud objections over the gavel of Senate Chairman Lawrence Bliss, D-South Portland.

The 11-2-1 vote constitutes a recommendation of "Ought to Pass" to the Legislature. Voting in the minority were Sen. David Hastings, R-Oxford; Rep. Joan Nass, R-Acton; and Rep. Jarrod Crockett, R-Bethel. While Crockett and Nass opposed the bill completely, Hastings proposed sending the issue to a statewide vote.

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