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New Hampshire Marriage Amendment (2012)

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The New Hampshire Marriage Amendment did not appear on the November 2012 ballot in New Hampshire as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment.

Two bills were filed with the New Hampshire State Legislature in 2011. A bill by Rep. David Bates would have repealed marriage equality and prohibited the recognition of same-sex marriages outside the state. However, same-sex marriages conducted prior to the bill's effective date would have continued to be recognized.[1]

On the other hand, a bill by Rep. Leo Pepino would have repealed marriage equality and prohibited civil unions or any form of legal recognition of same-sex couples.[1]

In November 2011 Rep. David Bates announced that he decided not to pursue the proposed amendment.[2]

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See also: Amending the New Hampshire constitution

In order for the state legislature to place a proposed constitutional amendment on the statewide ballot, both chambers of the state legislature were required to approve doing so by a vote in each house of at least 60%. Once any such constitutional amendment was on the ballot, the state's voters must approve it by a 2/3 vote for it to pass.

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Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot New Hampshire Gay Marriage Question, (2010)