NH Takes Up Repeal Of Same-Sex Marriage

01/20/10 6:06AM

Three weeks after New Hampshire legalized same sex marriage, opponents are asking the House to repeal the law and let voters amend the constitution to define marriage exclusively as between a man and a woman.

The House Judiciary Committee is holding hearings today.

New Hampshire's law legalizing same sex marriage took effect Jan. 1. New Hampshire joined Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts and Vermont in allowing the unions.

The executive director of the conservative group Cornerstone Policy Research says he doesn't think there's much chance the law will be repealed. Executive Director Kevin Smith says he'll focus more on the proposed constitutional change and urge lawmakers to let voters decide the issue.

But a staff attorney for Gay and Lesbian Advocates & Defenders says it's a simple matter of allowing equal rights to everyone, not just heterosexuals.

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