Different marriage age for gays

New Hampshire should be commended for allowing same-sex marriage, but just how equal are all in their ability to marry one another?  Not in age requirements it seems:

TITLE XLIII DOMESTIC RELATIONS

CHAPTER 457 MARRIAGES

Age

Section 457:4  Marriageable. – No male below the age of 14 years and no female below the age of 13 years shall be capable of contracting a valid marriage that is entered into by one male and one female, and all marriages contracted by such persons shall be null and void. No male below the age of 18 and no female below the age of 18 shall be capable of contracting a valid marriage between persons of the same gender, and all marriages contracted by such persons shall be null and void.

This law should be changed to remove all references to gender and keep the age consistent regardless of the genders involved.  I have no thoughts on the age limit itself, so I will leave it blank in my proposed change:

Section 457:4  Marriageable. – No person below the age of __ years shall be capable of contracting a valid marriage, and all marriages contracted by such persons shall be null and void.

Private school language restrictions

This law requires all private schools to teach and run their administration solely in English:

Section 189:19  English Required. – In the instruction of children in all schools, including private schools, in reading, writing, spelling, arithmetic, grammar, geography, physiology, history, civil government, music, and drawing, the English language shall be used exclusively, both for the purposes of instruction therein and for purposes of general administration. Educational programs in the field of bilingual education shall be permitted under the provisions of this section with the approval of the state board of education and the local school district.

http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/xv/189/189-19.htm

This is a violation of the natural right to conduct one’s private and personal business, including the educational of one’s children, in whichever language desired.

I suspect there would be no significant public objection to replacing “in all schools, including private schools” with “in all state-run schools“.