New Hampshire becomes the sixth marriage equality state today at 5:15 pm eastern time, when Governor John Lynch will sign the bill.
After reaching a compromise on religious liberty language over the weekend, the marriage equality bill passed both houses of the state legislature today and now goes to Governor John Lynch for his signature. The state Senate passed the bill this morning 14-10 and the state House just now 198-176.
With the Governor’s signature, New Hampshire will be the sixth state to grant same-sex couples equality under the law through civil marriage.
Only Rhode Island stands alone among New England states prohibiting full marriage equality. Marriage equality is the law in Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Iowa. California lost marriage equality when Proposition 8 passed in November, enshrining discrimination into that state’s constitution.