New Hampshire House Approves Civil Unions

The New Hampshire House passed legislation today that would allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions – with all the rights of married couples, WCSH-TV reported.

The bill, which passed 243-129, had bi-partisan support.

Republican Rep. Nancy Elliott told colleagues the bill was a gay-marriage bill in disguise.

“(If it becomes law,) marriage will lose its meaning, and the need for marriage will decrease as it becomes irrelevant,” she said.

The bill now goes to the Senate.