A New Hampshire committee will vote as
early as Tuesday on two bills that would repeal the state's gay
marriage law, the AP reported.
Over six hundred people packed the
Judicial Committee's hearing on the bills last week. Supporters
of the state's year-old law greatly outnumbered opponents.
The panel will meet on Tuesday to
decide the fate of the bills. Republican leaders have urged the
committee to shelve the bills until next year, insisting social
issues must take a back seat to the state's fiscal crisis.
of the law testified at the hearing that they fear the institution
because it leads to disease and polygamy.
One speaker chided supporters, who were
dressed in red, for their aggressive turnout: “Many people were
intimidated to come here. And by the way, for all of you dressed in
red, you are very intimidating. Even to a man like me. And honesty
I only have a fear of God more than a fear of man.”
The law, which marked its first
anniversary on January 1, was signed by Governor John Lynch, who has
vowed to veto any repeal attempt. Republicans, however, gained
veto-proof majorities in both chambers on November 2.