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January 2, 2010

GAYS RUSH TO MARRY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

Reuters - Gay and lesbian couples rushed to marry in New Hampshire on Friday when at the stroke of midnight it became the fifth U.S. state to allow same-sex marriage, reversing some setbacks for the polarizing national movement.

...150 people gathered in the state capital of Concord, in temperatures of about 21 degrees Fahrenheit, to witness the marriages of about a dozen gay or lesbian couples by a justice of the peace as the New Year dawned.

...The New England state joins Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut and Iowa in permitting full marriage equality for same-sex couples. Washington, D.C., is also on track for approval.

New York state lawmakers voted against gay marriage last month. In Maine, where a state law that would have allowed the nuptials, was turned back in a referendum in November. A same-sex marriage bill is foundering in New Jersey, and in California, gay marriage was overturned in a popular vote in 2008.

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