July 10, Previously, voters in 32 states had consistently voted to limit same-sex marriage. Governor John Lynchwho opposed same-sex marriage but indicated that he was receptive to discussing civil unions as a means of granting certain rights to same-sex couples,  signed the bill into law on May 31,making New Hampshire " The state requested a further delay to allow it to prepare the appeal, but both the district court and the state Supreme Court denied the request on the grounds that the state was unlikely to win on appeal. Retrieved July 13,
To some extent, the support for same-sex marriage reflects a sea change in New Hampshire politics sincewhen Democrats gained control of the legislature for the first time in over a century.
Groups That Actively Worked on Marriage Standing Up for New Hampshire Families was a bipartisan group of citizens, business owners, people of faith, and civic leaders who oppose repealing the popular law allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry. The Senate passed the initial bill on Oct. An estimated 40 couples participated as friends, family and onlookers observed.
Gender identity was not included.