New Hampshire lawmakers on Wednesday rejected a bill that would have made their state legislature the first one to repeal a “gay” marriage law, handing “gay”-rights supporters a key victory in the Northeast, where same-sex marriage is prevalent.

The state House voted 211-116 to kill the measure, ending a push by its new Republican majority to rescind New Hampshire’s 2-year-old “gay” marriage law. Nevertheless, both sides are pledging to continue fighting into the fall elections.

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