Same-Sex Marriage

The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu June 27, 2013

The Supreme Court Has Its Say On Gay Marriage

After months of anticipation, the Supreme Court overturned The Defense of Marriage Act, and ruled California’s proposition eight unconstitutional. Both are considered major decisions for the gay rights movement. We’ll look closer at these rulings and what they may mean for the Granite State.

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NH News
11:17 am
Wed June 26, 2013

N.H. Reacts To Ruling On Defense Of Marriage Act

Executive Director of the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union Devon Chaffee says the ruling will have a significant positive impact for same-sex couples in the Granite State.

“After this decision, we’ll see same sex couples marries in New Hampshire and elsewhere being able to benefit from programs like family medical leave, social security survivor benefits and access to healthcare for spouses.”

Same-sex marriage has been legal in New Hampshire since 2010.

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Inside NHPR
11:38 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Top Stories: Common Core Not Yet In Place, Already Controversial; Common Core Skeptics & Supporters

Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

The most popular stories of the past week, from our newsroom, Word of Mouth, and The Exchange.

1. The Common Core State Standards: Not Yet In Place, Already Controversial

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Arts & Culture
12:00 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Capturing Love: N.H. Photographer Writes The Book On Same Sex Wedding Photography

Thea Dodds

In 2005, photographer Thea Dodds was hired to shoot a wedding in Massachusetts. She spoke to the prospective bride on the phone and drove down to meet the happy couple.

Dodds: I went and met them and it was two women (laughs). So I didn’t even know before I met them that it was a same-sex wedding.

That two-brides no groom job led to other same-sex weddings. And as she gained more experience, Dodds began to realize that she was falling into the same trap.

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All Things Considered
5:39 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

As The Supreme Court Considers Marriage, A Soldier's Wife Speaks Out

Charlie (left) and Karen Morgan, in a photo from 2011.
Credit Rick Ganley, NHPR

This week the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on two high-profile cases about gay rights, including a challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed March 27, 2013

A Granite State Take On The National Gay Marriage Debate

As the U.S. Supreme court hears two cases concerning same-sex marriage this week, we’ll get reaction from New Hampshire people involved in this issue.  Our state is among the nine which allow same-sex couples to marry.  We’ll talk with those involved in making this happen and those who believe it was the wrong choice.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Bishop Gene Robinson: Straight Talk about Gay Marriage

Nearly ten years ago Vicky Gene Robinson made international news by being the first openly gay person elected Bishop of an Episcopal Diocese. The action divided the church and Robinson made more headlines for being gay, than being Bishop.  Now as he prepares to step down after nearly a decade of service, he's out with a new book.  In God Believes in Love , Robinson tries to answer ten questions "frequently asked by those trying to understand if gay marriage is truly a just and righteous path for our states, our country and our world.  Today Bishop Gene Robinson joins us to talk ab

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2nd CD Spot
7:30 am
Sat November 3, 2012

Bass, Kuster Square-Off Over DOMA

Friday night, St. Anselm College hosted the final debate between the candidates for the 2nd District congressional seat.  While abortion has been a signature social issue of the race, this time around, the candidates sparred on gay marriage.

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All Things Considered
5:44 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

An Unlikely Partnership: A Pride Fest Gets Support From a Chick-Fil-A Owner

A line of Chick-Fil-A customers at Pheasant Lane Mall in Nashua. That restaurant's owner has decided to sponsor the New Hampshire Pride Festival, even as Chick-Fil-A's national leaders reaffirm their opposition to same-sex marriage.
Tina Forbes, NHPR

The national restaurant chain Chick-fil-A has been in the news lately, after the company’s president and CEO reaffirmed that the company supports what he calls “the biblical definition of the family unit.”

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NH News
4:06 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Speaker O'Brien: Will Seek to Outlaw Gay Marriage If Re-elected

New Hampshire Speaker of the House Bill O’Brien says he would again seek to outlaw gay marriage in the state if he wins another term as Speaker.

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Million-Dollar Donors
6:15 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

SuperDonor Backs Romney — And Gay Marriage

Hedge fund manager Paul Singer of Elliott Management has donated $1 million to Mitt Romney's superPAC.
Lucas Jackson Reuters/Landov

When it comes to campaign money, there's one industry GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney can count on: finance.

Some of the single largest checks to the pro-Romney superPAC Restore Our Future come from hedge fund managers. People at securities and investment firms have contributed more than $16 million.

Paul Singer, the man behind the hedge fund Elliott Management, has contributed $1 million.

As of Dec. 31, Elliott Management had $19.2 billion in assets, making it one of the nation's largest hedge funds.

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Law
3:19 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Gay Marriage Lawsuit Presses For Survivor Benefits

Herbert Burtis' spouse, John Ferris (left), died four years ago. When Burtis went to the Social Security office to apply for survivor benefits, the clerk told him the federal government did not recognize his marriage.
Courtesy of Herbert Burtis

Herbert Burtis met the person he wanted to marry in college, in 1948. But since the object of his affection was another man, they had to wait until 2004 for the ceremony, when Massachusetts legalized same-sex marriages.

"It's a long engagement," Burtis says, laughing. "We thought it was time that we made each other honest people."

His spouse, John Ferris, died four years ago. When Burtis went to the Social Security office to apply for survivor benefits, the clerk told him the federal government did not recognize his marriage.

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NH News
1:54 am
Thu March 22, 2012

House Rejects Gay Marriage Repeal

The 211-116 margin was a victory for gay rights advocates. It was also a shock to social conservatives, who thought a 3 to 1 GOP majority combined with a party platform that defines marriage as a between a man and women, would secure the bill’s passage. 

Deep into a debate that lasted 2 hours and included 10 separate votes, Kingston Republican David Welch stated what by then was plain: gay marriage is topic that divides House Republicans.

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North Country
7:51 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Most North Country Legislators Vote To Retain Gay Marriage

 

Ten North Country representatives were among those who voted Wednesday to kill a bill that would have repealed gay marriage. 

Only four North Country representatives voted to keep the repeal alive.

Two others were excused from voting.

As NHPR reported the Republican-controlled House decided to keep the state's gay marriage law in place on a 211 – 116 vote.

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NH News
6:05 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Effort to Repeal Same-Sex Marriage Fails

The House on Wednesday decided to keep the state's gay marriage law in place. 

Same-sex couples have been able to marry legally since 2009. 

The Republican-controlled House voted 211-116 against a repeal. 

Gov. John Lynch had pledged to veto the repeal bill if it had passed. The debate on the House floor took more than two hours. New Hampshire is one of eight states that allow gay marriage.

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