07/04/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

It's Law: Gay Marriage Is Now a Reality in New Hampshire

After months of contentious debate over gay marriage, the NH has approved same sex marriage, making it the sixth state to do so.

The House-passed legislation legalizes gay marriage with the conditions added by Governor Lynch that protected religious entities from having to perform same sex marriages if they do not want to.

Lynch had said he believes marriage is between a man and a woman, and conservative opponents to the bill played ads of his statement throughout the debate. Cornerstone Policy Research launched a strong offense against Lynch and House and Senate Democrats against the legislation but failed.

The other states having passed gay marriage are Iowa, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, and Maine.

This presents an interesting issue for Democrats on the local and national level. With Obama having stated he supports civil unions over gay marriage, the grassroots seems to be pretty far ahead of elected officials on this issue.