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New Hampshire recognizes the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry. And because the US Supreme Court overturned parts of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the federal government also recognizes LGBT marriages. This means same-sex married couples living in New Hampshire are eligible for all rights and benefits afforded to heterosexual married couples.
Here is a run-down on New Hampshire law affecting the LGBTQ community:
1 Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships: Same-sex marriage became legal in New Hampshire on January 1, 2010, replacing civil unions. On January 1, 2011, all civil unions in the state became marriages unless otherwise dissolved, annulled or previously converted to marriage. New Hampshire was one of several New England states that legalized same-sex marriage in 2009.
New Hampshire law also recognizes same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions.
To date, sixteen states – CA, CT, DE, HI, IA, IL, ME, MD, MA, MN, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT, and WA – plus Washington, D.C. have the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.
2 Adoption Law: New Hampshire law allows a person, regardless of actual or perceived sexual orientation, to adopt. A law banning adoptions by gay parents was repealed in 1999. New Hampshire law allows any woman to undergo donor insemination.
3 Anti-Discrimination Law: Since 1998, New Hampshire law protects individuals from discrimination based only on sexual orientation in: accommodations, housing, and both private and public employment. There no state laws prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity. Since 1991, New Hampshire law covers hate crimes based on sexual orientation.
4 Sodomy Law: Legislation against sodomy was repealed in New Hampshire in June of 1975 along with other reforms.
5Public Opinion: A September 2013 Public Policy Polling survey found that 55% of New Hampshire voters thought that same-sex marriage should be legal, while 32% thought it should be illegal and 13% were not sure.
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