Gay Bishop Backs Same-Sex Marriage Bill

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The Episcopal Church's first openly gay
bishop is supporting legislation that would legalize same-sex
marriage in New Hampshire.

The Rev. V. Gene Robinson testified in favor of the bill Thursday, calling it a matter of fairness.

But Shannon McGinley of Cornerstone Policy Research, a conservative think-tank, told lawmakers that same-sex marriage is harmful to children.

Over 100 supporters and opponents attended three hearings on the
issue.

New Hampshire lawmakers are considering several related bills,
including proposals to expressly ban gay marriage in the state and
grant civil unions to straight couples.

Bishop Robinson and his male partner are among 600 couples who
have had civil unions since New Hampshire began issuing them last
year.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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