BOSTON (Reuters) - New Hampshire lawmakers on Thursday postponed action until next year on two bills aimed at repealing the state's gay marriage law until next year.
The House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to hold the two bills in committee and take them up again early in 2012, said Shannon Shutts, spokeswoman for House Speaker William O'Brien.
Gay marriage is legal in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, Iowa and the District of Columbia. Most recently, Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed into law a bill allowing same-sex civil unions, granting essentially the same rights as marriage to gay couples.
In New Hampshire, results of a WMUR Granite State Poll last month showed 62 percent of respondents opposed the repeal of the state's law legalizing same-sex marriage.
The law took effect on Jan, 1, 2010.
Democratic Governor John Lynch has said he would veto any bills to repeal it.
(Reporting by Lauren Keiper; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst)