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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Gay marriage repeal not on NH GOP agenda this year

By Norma Love -

John Lynch
John Lynch

Republicans who control the New Hampshire House have decided that repealing the state’s gay marriage law won’t be on their agenda this year.

House Republican Leader D.J. Bettencourt confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday that jobs and the economy will be the top priorities on an agenda to be announced Thursday. Bettencourt says there’s widespread agreement that social issues will have to take a back seat.

Gay marriage was enacted in 2009 when Democrats controlled the Legislature. Democratic Gov. John Lynch signed the law and has since said he would veto any repeal attempt.

Conservatives were hoping for enough votes to repeal gay marriage and overturn a veto after voters in November elected a Republican majority to the Legislature. Lynch also defeated a Republican challenger who opposed gay marriage.


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