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Same Sex Marriage in NH: A Human Rights Issue?

May 11, 2009

Concord, NH - Many are closely watching this week as they await Governor John Lynch's decision on the same-sex marriage bill approved by the New Hampshire legislature last week. The bill will soon come to the Governor's desk, and his office has been deluged with e-mail messages, calls and letters from groups and individuals urging him either to sign the legislation or to veto it.

For some, same-sex marriage threatens the sanctity of "traditional" marriage. For others, such as Emily Rinde-Thorsen of Grantham, it is a matter of equal rights. She and her partner Amy have a young daughter.

"We just feel it's important for us to have the same rights and benefits as a heterosexual couple and, more importantly, for our child to feel that her parents are the same as all of the parents of her friends when she gets to day care and school and beyond."

Gretchen Grappone is a therapist in Manchester and a member of the New Hampshire Chapter of The National Association of Social Workers, a professional agency that stands behind marriage equality.

"We have, as a profession, a code of ethics that has mandates that we work to challenge social injustice, that we respect the dignity and worth of every person, and that we really recognize the importance of human relationships."

As the bill stands now, religious institutions would be allowed to decide whether they would conduct same-sex marriages or allow their facilities to be used for such weddings.

Once the bill reaches the governor's desk, he will have five days to either sign it, veto it, or let it become law without his signature.

Monique Coppola, Public News Service - NH