What a difference a letter makes.

NH vs. NC

CONCORD, N.H. - Gay couples in New Hampshire will able to join in civil unions starting next year under a bill Gov. John Lynch signed into law Thursday. “We in New Hampshire have had a long and proud tradition taking the lead and opposing discrimination,” Lynch said. “Today that tradition continues.”

Couples entering civil unions will have the same rights, responsibilities and obligations as married couples. Same-sex unions from other states also would be recognized if they were legal in the state where they were performed.
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Instead of being able to say we're taking the lead opposing discrimination, we're spending half our time fighting off the Theocrats who want to put discrimination into our state constitution.