After an emotional and often personal debate, New Hampshire’s House has voted to block recognition of gay marriages. The vote was 213-to-140 for the bill.
The vote comes in response to a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision giving gay couples the right to marry there starting May 17. Many lawmakers fear New Hampshire would be forced to honor those marriages.
The bill now goes back to the Senate for review. The Senate passed a similar version of the bill last month.
Opponents tried in vain for more than three hours to persuade the House to kill the gay marriage bill, saying it was unnecessary and hurtful. But the majority disagreed.