Associated Press

Concord, NH - Gay marriage opponents are organizing a petition drive to put a nonbinding article on the issue before New Hampshire voters at town meetings this spring.

State Rep. David Bates, a Republican from Windham, is organizing the effort to ask voters if they want lawmakers to put a constitutional amendment on gay marriage on the ballot.  Canterbury Town Clerk Cheryl Gordon said today she had not received a petition, but she said it only takes the signatures of 25 registered voters for a warrant article to be put before voters.  New Hampshire’s law legalizing gay marriage took effect Friday.  Legislation has been filed to repeal the law. A constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman also has been filed.