June 03, 2009, New York, NY – The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, today applauded Gov. John Lynch’s signing of legislation extending marriage equality to same-sex couples in New Hampshire. The governor’s signature followed passage of amended legislation by the New Hampshire Senate and House. This new law will go into effect on January 1, 2010.
"Gov. Lynch's signing of the marriage equality bill grants legal protections for same-sex couples in New Hampshire to take care of and be responsible for each other,” said GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano. “As people get to know the loving and committed couples at the heart of marriage equality, our culture is moving to equality.”
"GLAAD congratulates and expresses our deepest appreciation to the New Hampshire Freedom to Marry Coalition and the courageous couples whose personal stories and work for fair and equal treatment under the law culminated in today's signing," Giuliano said.