NH bills would legalize opposite sex civil unions

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New Hampshire lawmakers are considering a new twist in the debate over gay marriage – whether to allow heterosexual partners to enter into civil unions.

The House will hold hearings on two bills Tuesday to allow the unions. New Hampshire established civil unions last year for same-sex couples as an alternative to marriage. The unions carry all the responsibilities and duties of marriage but not the name. The House has yet to vote this year on legislation to allow same sex couples to marry.

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