Same-sex marriage among top issues in N.H.

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January 04 2006 12:00 AM ET

Should marriage
be strictly a union of one man and one woman? That's a
question facing New Hampshire lawmakers when they
reconvene Wednesday.
Lawmakers will be asked to consider amending the
constitution to state that marriage is a union of one
man and one woman. State law bans same-sex marriages,
but it would be easier to repeal the law than
to rescind a constitutional amendment.
A committee established to study New Hampshire's
marriage laws recommended that same-sex couples be
denied legal status and be allowed only a minimum of
benefits available to straight couples. The panel's
minority accused the majority of putting gays on trial
rather than seriously studying the issues. (AP)

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