The New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a bill today that would give gay couples the right to enter into civil unions.
The bill passed on a vote of 243 to 129 after legislators debated all morning.
The civil union bill had bi-partisan support. It would give gay couples all the rights enjoyed by married couples. The bill goes to the state Senate next.
Governor John Lynch, a Democrat, opposes gay marriage but has not said whether he would sign a bill creating civil unions.
Vermont, New Jersey and Connecticut all allow civil unions.
Massachusetts is the only state with gay marriage.