Same-sex marriage bill passes R.I. House

R.I. governor Lincoln Chaffee

Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chaffee. Photo: AP

Washington Blade

The Rhode Island House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would allow gays and lesbians to marry in the state. The 51-19 vote came after lawmakers on both sides of the issue debated the measure for more than an hour.

Rhode Island remains the only New England state without a same-sex marriage law. Governor Lincoln Chafee told the Washington Blade during an interview earlier this month that he feels nuptials for gays and lesbians are “long overdue” in the Ocean State.

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