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Same-sex marriages have declined in N.H. and neighboring states
The commission members who dissented said it spent too much time hearings attacks on the morality of homosexuality. State lawmakers approved civil unions in and same-sex marriages inwhen both houses in the state legislature were controlled by Democrats. On March 13,the New Hampshire Senate unanimously approved a constitutional amendment that would have prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. This page was last edited on 6 Januaryat The number of same-sex marriages in the state has fallen by 50 percent sincedeclining in four out of the last five years.
The trial court held that because the state allowed civil unions, the plaintiffs had not suffered a "constitutionally cognizable harm", and therefore found for the state. In other words, parenthood could be contested, and without solidifying parental rights and responsibilities with an adoption, the non-biological parent is vulnerable. The civil unions bill he signed into law prevents discrimination and provides the same legal protections to all New Hampshire families to the extent that is possible under federal law. So if your religious leader wants to deny you the right to marry within the religion, they can. The proposals ranged from allowing a couple to enter into a "contractual cohabitation," a "civil union," a "spousal union," or a same-sex marriage. I learned something new from David, who was the first person to obtain same-sex divorce statistics from the State of New Hampshire.