CONCORD, N.H. (AP) _ The House is voting this week whether to repeal New Hampshire's gay marriage law and replace it with the civil unions law the state had in effect in 2008 and 2009.

State Rep. David Bates, a Windham Republican, says his proposal would repeal gay marriage effective March 31, 2013, and replace it with civil unions. He said if voters decide in a nonbinding vote in November they want to keep civil unions for homosexuals, gay marriage would be repealed. He said if voters object to repealing gay marriage, lawmakers would have time to stop the repeal from taking effect.

Opponents say the ballot question is a distraction from the real issue that lawmakers are voting to discriminate against same-sex couples.

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