New Hampshire Lawmaker Clears Way For Repeal Of Marriage Equality

New Hampshire state Rep. David Bates (R) is withdrawing his support for a constitutional amendment to prohibit same-sex marriage in hopes that conservatives will rally around a different measure to eliminate marriage equality and replace it with civil unions. “It would complicate the decision for legislators if there was another alternative out there,” Bates said of the amendment. The House Judiciary Committee advanced the repeal measure last month and the full House is expected to take it up in January. Significantly, the repeal bill would allow anyone to refuse to recognize the civil unions and discriminate against such couples in employment, housing, and public accommodations.