Tags: gays | same | sex | marriage | new | hampshire

Gays Rush to Marry at New Hampshire Statehouse

Friday, 01 Jan 2010 07:35 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Gay and lesbian couples rushed to marry in New Hampshire on Friday when at the stroke of midnight it became the fifth U.S. state to allow same-sex marriage, reversing some setbacks for the polarizing national movement.

"I feel fabulous. It was wonderful, and it was historic," said Linda Murphy, 50, a college administrator from southern New Hampshire who married Donna Swartwout, her partner of 19 years.

They were among 150 people gathered in the state capital of Concord, in temperatures of about 21 degrees Fahrenheit, to witness the marriages of about a dozen gay or lesbian couples by a justice of the peace as the New Year dawned.

Special: Get Sarah Palin’s New Book – Incredible FREE Offer – Click Here Now.

New Hampshire passed its law in June amid an emotional national debate. President Barack Obama opposes gay marriage while supporting other gay rights.

The New England state joins Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut and Iowa in permitting full marriage equality for same-sex couples. Washington, D.C., is also on track for approval.

New York state lawmakers voted against gay marriage last month. In Maine, where a state law that would have allowed the nuptials, was turned back in a referendum in November. A same-sex marriage bill is foundering in New Jersey, and in California, gay marriage was overturned in a popular vote in 2008.

"People focus on the setbacks, but last year there was one state and now there are five states," said Mo Baxley, executive director of the New Hampshire Freedom to Marry Coalition.

Murphy and Swartwout, who met in graduate school, had a commitment ceremony 11 years ago, but said the official marriage carried far more meaning.

"It was a reaffirmation of our love and our commitment, and for us, for the first time, a legal acknowledgment from our home state," said Murphy. "Some day this will not even be a news story. It will just be a part of life."

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Militia Group Has Pool Party at US Embassy in Tripoli

Monday, 01 Sep 2014 10:02 AM

Members of a militia group in Libya posted a video of a pool party it had at the U.S. embassy in Tripoli.
 . . .

Returning Lawmakers Will Get Briefing on Ukraine, Islamic State

Monday, 01 Sep 2014 09:19 AM

Members of the House Armed Services Committee, returning after the five-week August recess, will get a classified briefi . . .

Americans Detained in North Korea Call for US Help

Monday, 01 Sep 2014 08:45 AM

North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact thei . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved