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article imageGays rush to marry at New Hampshire statehouse

By Owen Weldon     Jan 1, 2010 in Lifestyle
At the stroke of midnight on Friday New Hampshire became the fifth state to allow same-sex marriage. Gay and lesbian couples rushed to the state to get married.
Linda Murphy,50, a college administrator from New Hampshire said that she felt fabulous and that the event was historic. She has now married hew partner of 19 years, Donna Swartwout.
Linda and Donna were among 150 people who gathered in Concord, the state capital, in very cold temperatures to witness a dozen gay or lesbian couples get married by a justice of the peace as the new year dawned.
Back in June New Hampshire passed its law amid emotional national debate. President Obama opposes gay marriage while supporting other gay rights.
New Hampshire now joins Massachusetts, Vermont, Iowa and Connecticut in allowing full marriage equality for same-sex couples. Washington, D.C., also seems to be on track for approval.
Last month New York lawmakers voted against gay marriage and in Maine, where a state law would have allowed gay marriage, was turned back in a referendum in November. Back in 2008 a gay marriage was overturned in a popular vote. A same-sex marriage bill is still foundering in New Jersey.
Mo Baxley, executive director of the New Hampshire Freedom to Marry Coalition, said that people focus on the setbacks. She also mentioned that last year there was one state and now there are five states allowing gay marriage.
Murphy and Swartwout had a commitment ceremony 11 years ago but they said that official marriage carried far more meaning.
I think gay marriage should not be legal and that more states are indeed going to be making it legal for gay and lesbian couples to tie the knot. Will gay marriage be legal in all the states? Only time will tell.
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