Image by erjkprunczyk via FlickrStarting at midnight tonight, same-sex couples in New Hampshire can ring in the new year by exchanging rings and becoming legally married.
Starting Friday, any same-sex couple that resides in New Hampshire and has a civil union will be able to obtain a marriage license. If they so choose, they can have a new ceremony, or they can simply convert their civil union into marriage without going through another ceremony.
Same-sex couples who already have civil unions will have their unions automatically converted to marriages in 2011. Conservative anti-gay groups such as NOM and the Catholic church are seeking to repeal the law, holding to the claim that same-sex marriages will somehow lead to the end of heterosexuals wanting to marry or reproduce children.