CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The state Senate has approved changes New Hampshire’s governor demanded to sign legislation to make his state the sixth to allow gay marriage.

The House is to vote on the changes later Wednesday. If it adopts them, Gov. John Lynch could sign gay marriage into law as early as this afternoon.

Lynch said last week he wouldn’t sign the legislation without language to better protect churches and their employees against lawsuits if their beliefs preclude them from marrying gays. The Senate added the language on a 14-10 vote Wednesday morning.

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