New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch (D) spoke out against the GOP’s effort to repeal the state’s same-sex marriage law in his State of the State address this afternoon and promised to veto any bill that strips residents of their “civil rights”:
LYNCH: New Hampshire has a long and proud tradition of fighting for the rights of all of our people and a tradition of leaving people alone to pursue their own hapiness. As Governor, I intended to uphold that century’s old tradition and I will stand firm against any legislation that will strip any of our citizens of their civil rights.
The New Hampshire legislature is preparing to vote on legislation that would undo marriage equality in the coming days, but some Republican lawmakers are hinting that they may not have the votes to override Lynch’s veto. Republicans — who hold veto-proof majorities in the both the House and Senate — remain split on whether the government should limit residents’ personal freedoms, the Concord Monitor reports, and the party leadership is hoping to avoid a prolonged debate on the issue.