Bettencourt statement on HB 443; Gay Marriage

The House Judiciary today passed HB 443, establishing that marriage between one man and one woman shall be the only legal domestic union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.  The following statement was issued by House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt following the (11-6, OTP/A) committee vote.
"I appreciate the hard work that the Judiciary committee has given to this legislation over the past few months.  New Hampshire has been dealing with this issue for several years and we can only hope that this compromise will finally resolve the matter.   Today our citizens are most concerned about pocket book issues, like taxes, controlled spending, job creation and creating a business friendly environment and that is where we intend to remain focused."