Friday, 27 March 2009

New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine move to marriage equality

Today, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 186 to 179 in favor of a marriage equality bill.

Last week, a bill for anti-discrimination for gender identity and expression was voted out of committee and sent to the full House, while six anti-gay bills were defeated in committee. For more information: New Hampshire Freedom to Marry

Vermont may be the next US state to provide gay and lesbian couples with marriage equality under state law, with Vermont Freedom to Marry (which is providing videos of the hearings) leading the grassroots effort. This week, the Vermont State Senate voted 26 out of 30 to pass a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. The House will vote on as early as next week.

In Maine, sixty legislators signed on as co-sponsors of a marriage equality bill which, if passed would make Maine the third New England state with marriage equality, following Massachusetts and Connecticut. Equality Maine has the latest information on the bill

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