On March 21 the NH State House of Representatives voted on HB 437, a bill to prohibit same sex marriage.
Representatives debated the bill and various amendments for nearly two hours, amendments that would have added approval of civil unions, additional language, a statewide referendum, and an amendment to consider outlawing marriage between two left-handed people.
Many votes were taken including five roll call votes. The final two saw the following. The first: a vote on the committee recommendation that the bill should pass, which was defeated 133-202, preserving the original decision to allow gay marriage in the state. The second vote, the official roll call on HB 437, was on a motion that the bill be deemed inexpedient to legislate, which passed 211-116.
The lead sponsor of the bill was Windham Rep. David Bates.
How your State Representatives voted
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The following are the votes from all District 4 (Salem and Windham) representatives. Those who live in Windham are bolded.
|State Rep||Ought to Pass Vote||Inexpedient to Legislate Vote|
|Ronald J. Belanger-R||Nay||Yea|
|Mary E. Griffin-R||Yea||Nay|
|Charles McMahon-R||Not Voting||Not Voting|
|Richard Okerman-R||Not Voting||Not Voting|
|Final Full House Vote||133-202||211-116|