N.H. Civil Unions Bill Passes Legislature

Posted on 04/26/2007. Filed under: civil unions, gay rights, glbt, john edwards, lgbt rights, new hampshire |

Finally a state that understand that Equal Rights for All People is important without a long legal battle!!!!

And Kudos to John Edwards for this statement:
John Edwards Statement On New Hampshire’s Recognition Of CivilUnions

“Today, Gov. Lynch and the state of New Hampshire showed us that the idea of America — fairness, justice and equal opportunity — can become a reality when we have the courage to stand up for what is right. New Hampshire’s decision to recognize civil unions and grant gay and lesbian couples the same rights granted to heterosexual married couples is an important step in the fight for justice. This is an issue of fundamental fairness, and by passing this law, New Hampshire’s leaders chose fairness over discrimination.”

clipped from www.365gay.com

N.H. Civil Unions Bill Passes Legislature
by The Associated Press

(Concord, New Hampshire) New Hampshire
lawmakers voted Thursday to authorize civil unions and sent the measure to Gov.
John Lynch, who announced last week that he would sign it.

“This legislation is a
matter of conscience, fairness and of preventing discrimination,” said
Colin Manning, a spokesman for the Democratic governor. “It is in keeping
with New Hampshire’s proud tradition of preventing discrimination.”

Three other states already
offer civil unions for gay couples: New Jersey, Connecticut and Vermont.
Neighboring Massachusetts in 2004 became the only state to allow gay marriage.

Unlike other states, there was
no active court challenge to push New Hampshire to act on the issue.

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