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N.H. Considers
Competing Bills on Same-Sex Marriage

N.H. Considers
Competing Bills on Same-Sex Marriage

New Hampshire legislators are mulling two very different bills -- one that would build on the state's civil union bill to legalize same-sex marriage, and one that would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

New Hampshire legislators are mulling two very different bills -- one that would build on the state's civil union bill to legalize same-sex marriage, and one that would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

The state's house judiciary committee will hold a hearing on both bills Thursday, according to the Associated Press. Bishop of the New Hampshire diocese V. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay -- and actively partnered -- priest to be elected bishop by the Episcopal Church, is slated to testify in favor of the same-sex marriage bill sponsored by Rep. Jim Splaine. The bill that would ban same-sex marriage is being carried by GOP representative Leo Pepino.

Other legislation regarding legal unions is also under consideration. One bill would make the protections afforded by civil unions accessible to straight couples and relatives of the same gender. Another would prohibit the state from recognizing same-sex marriages from other states as civil unions. (Advocate.com)

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