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Gov. backs civil unions for gays

April 20, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

Gov. John Lynch said he would sign a bill establishing civil unions for gay couples in New Hampshire.

"I believe it is a matter of conscience, fairness and preventing discrimination," Lynch said. Earlier, he had said he supported expanding health benefits to same-sex partners of state workers.

New Hampshire would become the fourth state to adopt civil unions, following Connecticut, Vermont and New Jersey. Massachusetts established gay marriage.

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