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Civil services: first year was a relatively quiet one for civil unions.

It seems to have been a quiet first year when it comes to civil unions for same-sex couples in New Hampshire, which became only the fourth state to legalize them at the start of 2008.

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In 2008, the state issued 611 civil union licenses as of Dec. 30--about 7 percent of the 8,793 traditional marriage licenses issued during the same period, according to an online search of the state's division of vital records.

Hillsborough County logged the highest number of licenses, although Concord and Portsmouth led the way for individual communities.

Nashua's deputy city clerk, Tricia Piecuch, said she was surprised there weren't more requests for civil union licenses.

"I think because of the legislation that was brought forward and the push behind it, we thought it might be a little higher," she said.

The state Legislature passed the civil unions bill in April 2007, followed by an impassioned, five-hour hearing by both supporters and opponents in front of the senate's judiciary committee.

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Publication:New Hampshire Business Review
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Date:Jan 16, 2009
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