Last week, Gov. Lynch said he’d sign a same-gender “marriage” bill if the legislature passed a religious-protection amendment to the bill. The religious amendment was problematic for several reasons. Mainly its protection was flimsy by definition (a court could easily overrule it at some point down the road). Second, it didn’t protect commercial businesses from refusing to provide services because of their own conscience or religious beliefs.
Update From CPR Action:
First, Senate Passes Gay Marriage
Then House Defeats Gay Marriage
CPR-Action Executive Director, Kevin Smith, issued the following statement to the press following the votes:
"We are pleased that common sense prevailed in the House today by not concurring with the Governor and Senate’s amendment. We are hopeful that the Legislature, having seen there is clearly a divide amongst themselves on this issue, will finally put this to bed by not-concurring in the committee of conference and will instead get on with the issue the people care most about in this state: the economy."
Smith added, "The Governor stated last week that will veto the gay marriage legislation if it did not contain the language he asked for. Today, the Governor’s amendment was defeated, so we are hopeful he will stay true to his word this time, by vetoing any other language that comes to his desk."
So now the bill goes back to committee. New Hampshire! Keep contacting your reps!