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One Step Closer to Marriage in New Hampshire!

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AP photo of folks leaving the NH State house today.

This just in--the New Hampshire House has approved a marriage equality bill! The bill's next stop is the Senate.

If passed, New Hampshire would be the third state to allow marriage for gay and lesbian couples. The state currently allows civil unions for same-sex couples, which has provided all the statewide benefits of marriage for the past two years.

Massachusetts and Connecticut currently have marriage equality laws on the books. Though the Vermont Senate approved a marriage equality bill this week, the state's Gov. Jim Douglas has announced he would veto it.

The Rev. V. Gene Robinson (who will be honored with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at our LA Media Awards!) testified in support of marriage and told the AP:

"I am delighted, because it's clear to me that New Hampshire values one class of citizenship and not two."