NH panel begins work on gay marriage repeal bills

Posted Sept. 14, 2011, at 5:03 a.m.

CONCORD, N.H. — A House panel is beginning work on two bills held over from the legislative session that would repeal New Hampshire’s gay marriage law.

A subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee meets Wednesday morning on the highly charged issue. The two proposed repeal bills would not affect gay marriages before repeal, but would stop new same-sex marriages.

The bills face a House vote early next year. If the House passes them, the Senate also must vote on them.

Gov. John Lynch has repeatedly said he will veto attempts to repeal the law, which he signed in 2009.