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New Hampshire axes gay marriage repeal talks for now

CONCORD, N.H. – Marriage equality is safe in New Hampshire at least through the end of 2011.

Today, the House Judiciary Committee voted 13-0 to squash two bills that would repeal the year-old law that grants gays and lesbians the right to marry.

The victory for gay rights is likely only temporary, since lawmakers vowed to return to the issue next year.

Republicans and Tea Party politicians now hold a supermajority in both branches of the legislature, meaning they could muster enough votes to overturn any veto by Democratic Gov. John Lynch. The governor has vowed to veto any bill that seeks to undo the law.