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Same-Sex Civil Unions in New Hampshire

By Diane White

The New Hampshire Senate passed a bill Thursday, by a margin of 14-10, approving same-sex civil unions.
A spokesperson for state Gov., John Lynch, said he would sign the bill within days, according to the BBC. The bill was passed without difficulty, unlike the situation in other U.S. states where the change in law had faced legal challenges.
The three states that already offer civil unions for gay couples are: New Jersey, Connecticut and Vermont. Massachusetts became the only state to allow gay marriage in 2004, according to the AP.
Democrats won control of the Legislature last fall for the first time in more than a century and are the likely reason that this bill went through, according to the New York Times.