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NH measure would bar discrimination against gays

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By NORMA LOVE
Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Gay activists are divided over whether a proposed amendment to New Hampshire's constitution that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation should pass because it does not cover transgender individuals.

The measure passed the Senate unanimously, but got mixed support from witnesses testifying Wednesday at a House Judiciary Committee hearing. Most argued there is no clear definition of sexual orientation and said the proposal needs to be studied before being put before voters.

The constitution currently prohibits discrimination based on race, creed, color, sex and national origin. The amendment would add sexual orientation. New Hampshire would be the first state to single out gays for constitutional protection.

The state already prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation in statute, but supporters want to enshrine the protection in the constitution.

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