First Gay Couples Marry in NH
New year brings new law for same-sex unions
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 1, 2010 11:16 AM CST
Couples wait to be wed on steps of New Hampshire's State Capitol in Concord New Year's Eve as the historic Marriage Equality law takes effect at midnight January 1, 2010.   (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)
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(Newser) – The New Year brought a new law to New Hampshire, where midnight ceremonies took advantage of the fact that gay marriage is now legal in the state. As 2010 dawned, a bill signed last June became law, and the Granite State joined Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, and Vermont in recognizing same-sex unions. "I’m really glad it happened in our lifetimes," a 38-year-old bride told the Nashua Telegraph. "I didn’t know if it would."

"For all of us, it’s pretty significant,” said one of the new mothers-in-law. “I think it’s the final bridge they have to cross to feel like a family."