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New Hampshire House kills gay marriage repeal bill

BY NORMA LOVE, ASSOCIATED PRESS

CONCORD, N.H. -- New Hampshire lawmakers on Wednesday rejected a bill that would have made their state legislature the first one to repeal a gay marriage law, an action that the governor had promised to block.

The state House voted 211-116 to kill the measure, ending a push in the Legislature to rescind New Hampshire's 2-year-old gay marriage law. Nevertheless, both sides are pledging to continue fighting into the fall elections.

The Republican-backed bill called for repealing gay marriage in March 2013 and replacing it with a civil unions law that had been in place in 2008 and 2009. Gay marriages occurring before the repeal took effect would still have been valid, but future gay unions would be civil unions. The bill also would have allowed voters to weigh in on the issue through a nonbinding November ballot question.

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