Ripple effect of Maine's gay-marriage decision hits New Hampshire
CONCORD, New Hampshire: Maine's Question 1 may not have had the bravado of California's Proposition 8 of 2008, in terms of news coverage, but it's effects on the gay-marriage issue is proving to be just as significant to both sides of the argument. The defeat of same-sex marriage is causing other states to take notice, and New Hampshire has recently joined in. On January 1, 2010, gay couples in the state will be able to join hands in matrimony, as that will be the first day gay marriages will be allowed.
However, two legislative proposals that have been filed requesting a bill and a constitutional amendment that would repeal the new law not long after it takes effect at the start of the new year. The legislative session begins in January, and both opponents and proponents are preparing for a heated fight.