Jun 26, 2015 1:52 PM

Hassan: Proud that NH helped pave way to 'historic day'

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) - Gov. Maggie Hassan is celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling as an affirmation of the nation's founding principle that "all individuals are created equal."

New Hampshire recognized civil unions in 2008 and legalized gay marriage two years later.

Gov. Maggie Hassan said Friday she's extremely proud that New Hampshire helped pave the way to "this truly historic day." Last year, she signed a bill allowing gay couples living in states that don't recognize gay marriage to come to New Hampshire and get married, with the marriage recognized by New Hampshire.

Cornerstone Action, the legislative advocacy arm of Cornerstone Policy Research, a nonprofit working to promote strong New Hampshire families, said redefining marriage to include same-sex partners "will only lead us to further cultural instability."

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