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NH House Rejects Gov’s Amendment – Sends Marriage Back to Committee.

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The New Hampshire House drew gasps of surprise today when it narrowly defeated a same-sex marriage bill.

The New Hampshire Senate passed it; the governor was standing by to sign it; and many expected approval of a final same-sex marriage bill in the House on Wednesday could be swift and routine.

But in a surprise turnabout, the New Hampshire House voted narrowly to defeat the measure –186 to 188.

The chamber erupted with both sounds of distress and applause when the House Speaker announced the vote. Then supporters and opponents launched immediate efforts to both save and kill the measure for this legislative session.

A motion to kill the bill –by indefinitely postponing a request to conference with the Senate on a revised bill– came up first and failed by a vote of 173 to 202.

A motion to save the same-sex marriage bill –by requesting a conference committee with the Senate to work out the changes—passed on a vote of 207 to 168.

A conference committee of seven members will now meet to see if it can work out a version of the new bill to satisfy everyone. The deadline for any legislative vote is June 25.

-Keen News Service

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Written by OutQ News staff

May 20, 2009 at 5:20 PM

Posted in Uncategorized

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