New Hampshire’s House Judiciary Committee will decide on Tuesday whether to recommend repealing the state’s same-sex marriage law “and replacing it with civil unions for any unmarried adults including relatives,” the Associated Press is reporting. Last month, a subcommittee approved the bill, which preserves existing same-sex marriages and also contains language that “allows any business, individual, school or association to refuse to recognize civil unions, exempting them from state laws that bar discrimination on housing, employment, contracts and grants.” The full House will not vote on the bill until next year.
Polling shows that the move is unpopular among state residents, however. A WMUR Granite State Poll from October 14 found that voters want to keep marriage equality by a two to one margin. Just 8 percent said that the law had “a major effect on the state,” while 28 percent saw a “minor effect” and 47 percent saw no effect at all. Only 27 percent of New Hampshire adults said they support repealing same-sex marriage, while 50 percent strongly oppose repeal.
The legislature tried to adopt similar measures last year, but ultimately postponed the question to focus on economic issues.