Standing Up for New Hampshire Families — a coalition of New Hampshire residents and business leaders — held a press conference today urging state lawmakers to abandon efforts to repeal the state’s same-sex marriage law and focus on jobs. On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to approve a measure that would eliminate the law and enact civil unions. The full House is expected to take-up the issue in January.
The two separate bills would preserve existing same-sex marriages but replace the law with civil unions for unmarried adults, including relatives. Anyone would be able to discriminate against such couples “in employment, housing and public accommodations based on religious or moral beliefs.” A WMUR Granite State Poll from Oct. 14 found that voters want to keep marriage equality by a two to one margin.