Wednesday, March 18, 2009

-NH gay marriage bill deadlocks in committee

WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-NH gay marriage bill deadlocks in committee

Associated Press - March 18, 2009 6:25 AM ET

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire House panel has deadlocked on whether to support gay marriage.

The House Judiciary Committee voted 10-10 on a bill that would make the state the third one to allow same-sex couples to marry.

Tuesday's split decision means that the bill goes to the whole House next week for a debate and vote without any recommendation from the committee.

The Legislature passed a civil unions bill for same-sex couples two years ago and the state began issuing civil unions last year.

The committee also deadlocked on an anti-discrimination bill that would extend legal protections to transsexuals. Opponents called it the "bathroom bill" based on their argument it will open all bathrooms to both men and women.

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