New Hampshire Marriage Amendment (2012)
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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 David Bates would have repealed marriage equality and prohibited the recognition of same-sex marriages outside the state.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.
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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.