UPDATED: BREAKING: Bill to Repeal New Hampshire’s Same Sex Marriage Law Defeated in House, 211-116

Posted on March 21, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Photo courtesy of GLAD

(7 pm UPDATE: The proper vote count was 211-116, not 202-133 as previously reported.)

Moments ago, the NH House defeated HB 437 by a 211 to 116 vote:

“It failed to even pass, let alone reach a veto-sustaining majority it would have needed to get around Gov. John Lynch’s desk. The failure to even sustain a majority of House members votes can only be seen as a crushing defeat to religious right’s grip on the agenda of the Republican party, which controls 74% of the seats in the NH house. The party should have been easily been able to reach 50% +1.

An attempt to amend the original bill to add civil union recognition also failed 82-266.”

Link to HB 437 here.

Earlier, National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown went on MSBNC to debate against Craig Stowell of Stand Up For NH Families regarding NOM’s last minute “bait and switch” supportive move for the failed civil marriage amendment, among other aspects of today’s legislative session. Watch:

Statement by GLAD executive director Lee Swislow:

“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.”

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