governor John Lynch said Thursday he will sign legislation
establishing civil unions for gay couples in the state. ''I
believe it is a matter of conscience, fairness, and
preventing discrimination,'' Lynch told the Associated
Press in Concord, the state capital.
would become the fourth state to adopt civil unions,
following Connecticut, Vermont, and New Jersey.
Massachusetts has established same-sex marriage.
previously declined to take a public position on civil
unions, though he has supported offering health
benefits to same-sex partners of state workers. He
came under fire from both sides for not weighing in,
especially after a delay last week of the senate vote on the
The senate votes
next week, and Lynch said he is confident the
legislation will pass. It would authorize civil unions
beginning next year. (Norma Love, AP)