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March 21, 2012

GLAD Applauds Marriage Equality Victory in New Hampshire

GLAD today cheered the vote of the New Hampshire legislature today to (reject HB437, a repeal of the state’s marriage equality law.  By a vote of 211-116, New Hampshire lawmakers outright voted down HB437.

“Today’s victory affirmed the equality of New Hampshire’s gay and lesbian citizens,” said Lee Swislow, Executive Director of GLAD.  “After the last election where Republicans gained control of both the House and the Senate, some thought that marriage equality was doomed.  But many, many Republicans courageously stood up against repeal.  We thank them and we congratulate Standing Up for New Hampshire Families and all the organizations and individuals who worked so hard to protect the freedom to marry.”

Marriage equality was signed into law in New Hampshire in 2009, and marriage began in the state on January 1, 2010.  According to recent polls, over 60% of New Hampshire residents support marriage equality.

Reuters: New Hampshire Gay Marriage Repeal Fails

On the Blog: Liberty and Justice for All: GLAD Attorney Janson Wu, who served on the steering committee of the campaign to fight repeal, shares his thoughts on this incredible victory