On 30 April 2014, the House voted 217-119 to send Bill SB394 to the Governor. The Bill recognizes gay marriages that took place in other states prior to New Hampshire enacting its gay marriage law, civil unions, and adopts gender neutral references [R1.13].
On 01 January 2011, all civil unions in the state became marriages unless otherwise dissolved, annulled or previously converted to marriage.
On 01 January 2010, same-sex marriage became legal, replacing civil unions.
On 03 June 2009, the House approved a compromised same-sex marriage bill that was approved earlier by the Senate and Governor John Lynch signed the state’s same-sex marriage bill into law, making the State the sixth where same-sex marriage is currently legal [R1.12].
On 21 March 2012, the attempt to repeal a law that made gay marriages legal in the state, failed by a vote of 116–211 in the Republican-controlled legislature [R1.11].
On 17 February 2010, the house of representatives rejected a proposed ballot initiative to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman by a margin of 201–135 [R1.10].
On 09 February 2010, the Judiciary Committee voted 12–8 recommending against repealing the state’s five-week-old gay marriage law and that the House kill a proposed constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between one man and one woman [R1.9].
In December 2009, it was reported that whilst rarely, if ever enforced, 200-year-old state adultery laws impose a misdemeanor penalty of a fine up to $1,200 on convicted adulterers [R1.8].
In October 2009, same-sex couples could apply for marriage licenses in New Hampshire (valid for 90 days, cost $45), although ceremonies cannot be performed until the new law takes effect on 01 January 2010 [R1.7].
On 29 May 2009, House and Senate negotiators agreed further amendments to the “gay marriage” Bill, effectively granting churches exemption from providing insurance and other benefits and services to same-sex partners of employees [R1.6].
On 20 May 2009, the Senate approved an amended bill to allow gay marriage 14–10 but the House of Representatives voted it down by 188 votes to 186 [R1.5].
In May 2009, governor John Lynch signalled he will sign a bill legalising gay marriage in the state, despite his personal objections [R1.4].
In April 2009, the Senate passed a bill to allow gay marriage. It went to Democrat Governor John Lynch, who had not yet signalled whether he will sign it [R1.3].
In March 2009, the State House voted to approve gay marriage. The Bill progressed to the Senate. Governor Jim Douglas announced his intention to veto the gay marriage bill if passed [R1.2].
In May 2004, Gov. Craig Benson signed a bill blocking recognition of same-sex marriages performed by other states [R1.1].
In 1997 the law in New Hampshire was amended to prohibit marriages between same-sex couples.