New Hampshire gubernatorial candidate
Kevin Smith has said he supports repeal of the state's 2-year-old gay
Republicans are expected to vote on a
bill that would replace the law sometime after the January 10
presidential primary. The new bill, sponsored by state Rep. David
Bates, would replace the law with civil unions for any unmarried
adults, including relatives, and would allow anyone to refuse to
recognize such unions.
Bates says repealing New Hampshire gay marriage would be historic.)
Democratic Governor John Lynch signed
the bill into law and has said he opposes any attempt to repeal it.
However, Republicans control both houses of the Legislature. Lynch
is not seeking re-election.
In remarks to the Windham
Patch, Smith said as governor he would sign repeal of the bill.
“Well, it's not going to be a theme
of my campaign and it's not going to be a focus of my campaign,”
Smith said. “I've been very clear that if the gay marriage repeal
came to my desk as governor, if it wasn't repealed this session, that
I would sign it. But my focus in the campaign is going to be on jobs
and the economy.”
Smith, a Republican, is the former
director of Cornerstone Action, a Christian conservative group that
opposed passage of the gay marriage bill.