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Task Force applauds New Hampshire governor's signature on civil unions bill

Date: 
May 31, 2007

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WASHINGTON, May 31 — New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch today signed into law a bill granting same-sex couples in civil unions all of the rights afforded to New Hampshire’s married couples under state law. The legislation passed the state House on April 4 by a 243–129 vote and the state Senate on April 26 by a 14–10 vote.

With this new law, which takes effect on Jan. 1, 2008, New Hampshire joins California, Connecticut, New Jersey, Oregon and Vermont in offering broad protections under state law to same-sex couples. (Connecticut, New Jersey and Vermont have civil union laws; California and Oregon have broad domestic partnership laws.) The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc., applauds the New Hampshire Freedom to Marry Coalition, the governor and supportive legislators on this victory.

Statement by Matt Foreman, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

“We applaud the New Hampshire Legislature and Governor Lynch for moving the Granite State on the road to complete equality. We’ve said it before: what a difference elections make! Just five years ago, few would have believed that New Hampshire would enact a civil unions law, let alone by wide margins.

“We also salute the New Hampshire Freedom to Marry Coalition and the many supportive lawmakers for making this day possible.

“Next up? Marriage equality — no more, no less.”

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The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. We do this by training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.