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New Hampshire’s civil unions law goes into effect.

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Approximately 100 couples united under New Hampshire’s new civil unions law that went into effect yesterday, making it “the fourth state to allow civil unions of same-sex couples.” With the new legal status, these couples will receive access to family members’ medical care, coverage under state-regulated family health plans, and the ability to transfer property to one another without paying taxes.

UPDATE: On Dec. 28, at the behest of a conservative legal group, a federal judge in Oregon “temporarily blocked” a same-sex civil unions law passed last year by the Oregon Legislature that would have gone into effect yesterday

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