Marriage Equality USA

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Current Status

  • Civil marriage equality in effect at the state level since 2010. (Same-sex couples may legally marry.)

  • On 31 May 2007, Governor John Lynch signed a civil unions bill into law making New Hampshire, "the first state to embrace same-sex unions without a court order or the threat of one." The law took effect 1 January 2008.
  • Under the New Hampshire civil unions law same-sex civil unions or marriages conducted in other jurisdictions were recognized as civil unions in New Hampshire.
  • Same-sex marriage was legalized via legislation in New Hampshire on 1 January 2010.
  • On 1 January 2011 all civil unions became legal marriages.

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