The specific wording of the bill would legally define marriage in the state as a union of a man and a woman, but would not invalidate existing LGBT marriages. Civil unions, which were the law of the land in 2008 and 2009, would remain legal. The House rejected the measure in a vote of 211-116; if it had passed the legislature, Gov. John Lynch had vowed to veto it. The National Organization for Marriage has pledged $250,000 to the reelection campaigns of legislators who voted for the bill.
Marriage equality was signed into law in New Hampshire in 2009, becoming officially legal on Jan. 1, 2010.