And then there were six: New Hampshire Governor John Lynch signed legislation late Wednesday to make his state the sixth to legally recognize gay marriage. Surrounded by cheering gay marriage proponents, Gov. Lynch signed the thrill bills into law one hour after they passed in New Hampshire’s House. Lynch, a Democrat, successfully got language protecting the rights of religious opponents of gay marriage into the bill before signing them. The laws will take effect in January, on the second anniversary of the state’s recognition of gay civil unions. New Hampshire now joins Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Connecticut in recognizing same-sex marriages.