Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Rhode Island Gay Marriage Bill Moves to Senate Floor

The Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee moved two bills legalizing gay marriage to the senate for debate and vote while rejecting a bill to have a gay marriage referendum that also allowed broad discrimination against gay couples.

Opponents are expected to propose amendments to delay the bill but it looks to be just a matter of time now. Governor Lincoln Chafee has promised to sign the bill into law.

A recent Brown University poll showed 60% of Rhode Islanders support gay marriage while 26% are opposed.

Rhode Island would be the 10th state to approve gay marriage and the approval couldn't come at a better time with the Supreme Court poised to decide on DOMA and Prop 8.

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