New Hampshire's House has rejected a bill that would have repealed the state's gay marriage law. The House voted 210-109 to kill the bill. And a second measure to define marriage as between a man and a woman was also defeated by a wide margin.
Unlike past debates that flooded Concord with supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage, the capital was quiet Wednesday.
Gay marriages became legal at the start of the year in New Hampshire-- the fifth state to grant those rights.
But just six weeks later, the law was up for debate again at the Statehouse.
Supporters say the issue is all about civil rights.
"This is a very private issue for same-sex couples and they need to have the right to determine what their own relationships are going to be and this should have nothing to do with the state," said Rep. Laurie Harding, D-Lebanon. "I'm very proud of New Hampshire for have supported same-sex marriage and marriage equality. I think it was one of the most important things that we have done in the last two years."
But opponents say the gay marriage law only passed because of parliamentary maneuvering.
"It was a disgrace that happened here on that vote," said Rep. Al Baldasaro, R-Londonderry. "It won by one vote, I mean we killed it by one vote. Then when it came back later on, some of the representatives already went home. The other representatives get up and wouldn't vote. OK, if you check the record you would see. They it won by 15 votes. It was a disgrace for the people."
Regardless of the outcome of Wednesday's votes, opponents hope they prove there is widespread public opposition to gay marriage when about 100 towns hold non-binding petitions on Town Meeting Day next month.
Saturday, March 8 2014 9:49 PM EST2014-03-09 02:49:49 GMT
The Burlington Yoga Conference began Saturday at UVM's Davis Center. The event gives participants a chance to connect the mind body and soul through workshops they may not have access to on a daily basis.More >>
The Burlington Yoga Conference began 6 years ago and has become a staple in the community.More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 9:29 PM EST2014-03-09 02:29:17 GMT
A warning for pet owners in our region. Coyotes are on the prowl. A biologist in New Hampshire says he has received more than 10 calls recently, in the Keene, New Hampshire area, for a deer that was takenMore >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 9:21 PM EST2014-03-09 02:21:44 GMT
As spring approaches, many Vermont homeowners prepare to work on their houses - so they head to the Burlington Home Show. And many Vermont small business owners - with their products and services on displayMore >>
Many business owners at the Burlington Home Show say the new health care system in Vermont is helpful, but some say it's causing a real headache.More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 8:07 PM EST2014-03-09 01:07:08 GMT
A rally at the State House in Montpelier Saturday. A passionate group of dozens of women, and men, assembled in front of the State House Saturday for the Women's March for Dignity. They were demandingMore >>
Women's March for Dignity say they are demanding lawmakers support paid sick day policies for all workers.More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 10:21 AM EST2014-03-08 15:21:27 GMT
Two firefighters are recovering from minor injuries. They were injured while fighting a at the Bennett Farm on Route 15 on the Johnson-Cambridge town line. The fire started in a shed around 7:30 FridayMore >>
Two firefighters are recovering from minor injuries.More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 10:20 AM EST2014-03-08 15:20:42 GMT
Friends are rallying around families who lost everything in an apartment building fire in St. Johnsbury. They immediately took to Facebook after hearing about this fire and started planning to collectMore >>
Friends are rallying around families who lost everything in an apartment building fire in St. Johnsbury.More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 10:20 AM EST2014-03-08 15:20:05 GMT
Reporter: "What are some of the most common burn injuries that we see with kids coming into the hospital?" Jim Esdon, Dartmouth Hitchcock Injury Prevention Center: "This time of year, the glass frontedMore >>
We've had another cold week that's left homeowners cranking the heat. But what does that mean for kids' safety?More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 10:19 AM EST2014-03-08 15:19:21 GMT
Armed with just two L rods, 87-year-old John Wayne Blassingame starts looking for water by asking yes or no questions. "Does it go past 20 feet, does it go past 30 feet, yah," he says. The rods crossingMore >>
A national organization based in Danville says it is providing resources to people in desperate need to find water.More >>