Marriage equality passes first house vote in R.I.

Pro-marriage equality protestors

Protesters chant in front of the Statehouse, in Providence, R.I. (Photo: AP/Steven Senne)


Legislation to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry in Rhode Island has passed its first vote in the state’s General Assembly with a unanimous vote by the House Judiciary Committee. Advocates for same-sex marriage say they expect the bill to pass the House, but are less confident about the vote passing in the Senate. Civil unions were approved by lawmakers two years ago after an attempt to mass pull marriage rights in the Senate failed. 

If the law were to pass both House and Senate, not only would same-sex couples be allowed to marry, but also all civil unions within the state would be recognized as marriages.


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