While the national leaders are debating on whether or not the U. Constitution should outlaw gay marriages, Louisiana and New Hampshire have approved a bill outlaw gay marriages in their state constitution. Louisiana and New Hampshire have long recognized marriage as the union between a man and a woman. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, of Louisiana have filed House Bill 61 for the legislative session that begins March 29 to amend the Louisiana Constitution to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. New Hampshire committee voted on Tuesday in favor of the bill which also defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Same-sex marriage has been legal in the U. The law provided that civil unions , which the state had established as of January 1, , would be converted to marriages on January 1, , unless dissolved, annulled , or converted to marriage before that date. Following the first same-sex marriages in Massachusetts in May , New Hampshire established a member commission to consider the question of civil recognition of same-sex relationships. The group, composed of legislators, politicians, and activists, reported its findings in November By a 7-to-4 vote it recommended modifying the State Constitution to restrict marriage to heterosexual unions, reinforcing the state's statutory definition of marriage to prevent the judiciary from finding a constitutional requirement that same-sex couples be allowed to wed.
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CNN - New Hampshire's move to become the most recent state to legalize same-sex marriage hit a road bump Wednesday, after the legislature's House of Representatives failed to agree to changes made by the governor. But Gov. John Lynch, a three-term Democrat, said last week he would sign a same-sex marriage bill only if it provides "the strongest and clearest protections for religious institutions and associations, and for the individuals working with such institutions. Lynch said any such measure needs to "make clear that clergy and other religious officials cannot be forced to act in ways that violate their deeply held religious principles.