Efforts to repeal same-sex marriage continues to grow in Iowa and New Hampshire

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January 8, 2010

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Iowa, New Hampshire: Motivated by the 2009 Maine ballot measure that repealed a same-sex marriage law, New Hampshire and Iowa residents are moving forward with efforts to repeal same-sex marriage laws.

This week New Hampshire opponents of same-sex marriage delivered petitions to more than 200 town halls in the state. The petitions ask voters if they want state lawmakers to place a constitutional amendment on same-sex marriage on a future general election ballot. Legislation has been filed to repeal the newly enacted state law in New Hampshire but it is unexpected any proposed amendments will make the November 2010 ballot. In order to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot three-fifths of the Senate and the House are needed. In order to approve the proposed measure two-thirds of voters must approve the legislatively-referred constitutional amendment.[1]

But New Hampshire isn't the only state attempting to repeal a same-sex marriage law; in Iowa, opponents of the law have filed a bill (HJR 6) in the legislature that proposes amending the state constitution to recognize only the marriage between "one man and one woman."[2]

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