On April 26, 2007, the New Hampshire Senate voted by a 14-10 margin in approval of HB 437, which permitted same-sex civil unions in the state. The state's House of Representatives had voted three weeks earlier by a margin of 243-129 to pass the bill, and both votes fell mostly on party lines. Governor John Lynch, a Democrat who had publicly voiced disapproval of legalizing same-sex marriage, signed the bill on May 31, 2007. On June 3, 2009, Gov. Lynch signed a bill (HB 73) to legalize same-sex marriage in the state, making the Granite State the sixth state in the nation to do so.