Within just a few months, two US states have acknowledged and affirmed the right of same sex couples to enjoy the benefits of a spousal relationship. In April it was Iowa and now its New Hampshire. On Wednesday, New Hampshire Governor signed the Bill allowing Same-Sex Marriage. New Hampshire's governor, John Lynch, has signed legislation that makes the state the sixth to allow same-sex marriage. “Today,” the Governor said, “we are standing up for the liberties of same-sex couples by making clear that they will receive the same rights, responsibilities and respect under New Hampshire law.” The law will take effect in January 2010. New Hampshire joins Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont and Iowa in recognising same-sex marriages. Read the full report in the New York Times here.