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Upcoming Marriage Equality Test in New Hampshire

In a reminder that the Democratic Party has a long way to go, New Hampshire is preparing for a repeat of last week’s events in Vermont. An anti-gay governor may well veto legislation legalizing same-sex marriage that the New Hampshire Senate is set to pass, perhaps this week.

The difference: This anti-gay governor is a Democrat.

Governor John Lynch has said that he opposes same-sex marriage, although he has not explicitly stated that he intends to veto the bill currently moving through the New Hampshire state legislature. One sliver of hope for the marriage equality bill is that Lynch may conclude that although he personally opposes gay marriage, the Constitution of the United States requires him as governor to act in a manner ensuring the equal treatment of all New Hampshire residents under both federal and state law.

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