CNN - New Hampshire's move to become the most recent state to legalize same-sex marriage hit a road bump Wednesday, after the legislature's House of Representatives failed to agree to changes made by the governor. But Gov. John Lynch, a three-term Democrat, said last week he would sign a same-sex marriage bill only if it provides "the strongest and clearest protections for religious institutions and associations, and for the individuals working with such institutions. Lynch said any such measure needs to "make clear that clergy and other religious officials cannot be forced to act in ways that violate their deeply held religious principles. The language would specify that religious organizations can decline to take part in any marriage ceremony without incurring fines or risking lawsuits. New Hampshire's movement in the gay marriage debate is part of a flurry of recent activity surrounding the issue.
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June 24, A pride flag waves outside the Capitol in Albany, N. The same-sex marriage movement is about to face a critical test, as New Hampshire lawmakers prepare to vote on a proposal to repeal the state's gay marriage law. With a vote expected on the House floor as early as Wednesday, foes and supporters of the law are clashing in a battle over whether New Hampshire will be the first state to reverse the tide of same-sex marriage with a legislative vote. The debate marks a sharp contrast to the landmark decision last summer to legalize gay marriage in nearby New York, the largest state to approve the unions. David Bates, the bill's sponsor, told FoxNews. That hasn't happened anywhere. Yet the bill's chances are unclear.
Same-sex sexual activity is legal in New Hampshire , and the state began offering same-sex couples the option of forming a civil union on January 1, Civil unions offered most of the same protections as marriages with respect to state law, but not the federal benefits of marriage. Same-sex marriage in New Hampshire has been legally allowed since January 1, , and one year later New Hampshire's civil unions expired, with all such unions converted to marriages.
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