This just in:
An amendment to a bill to allow same-sex marriage in New Hampshire was sent to committee on Wednesday, putting the future of the measure in doubt.
Earlier today the Senate passed the few changes Governor Lynch demanded last week and it was expected that the House would also approve the amendment seeking to protect churches from lawsuits.
But by a vote of 188-186 the house failed this afternoon to agree with the NH Senate and the Governor. By sending the bill back to committee, the House has given themselves the option of bringing the bill back up this session.
This is very disappointing as most of us expected the bill to be passed this week. The House earlier passed another version of a marriage equality bill, albeit very closely, that didn't contain the language that Governor Lynch is now demanding.
"The language that will be added to the marriage equality bill strikes a clear and strong balance between our core values of supporting equality for all while at the same time protecting our First Amendment rights of freedom of religion," said Sen. Deborah Reynolds, D-District 2.