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Bills aimed at legalizing same-sex marriage introduced in Rhode Island House, Senate

Friday, January 7, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island may be poised to become the next state to legalize same-sex marriage as bills were introduced Thursday in the state’s House and Senate chambers aimed at doing just that.

The move comes just two days after Governor Lincoln Chafee, in his inaugural address, called on legislators to swiftly legalize same-sex marriage, so that Rhode Island could “catch up to her New England neighbors.’’

The two bills, reintroduced in the House by Rep. Arthur Handy, and in the Senate by Sen. Rhoda Perry, call for legalizing “civil marriage” between people of the same gender, while specifying that no religious institution would be required to marry same-sex couples if it goes against its teachings.

The House bill was co-signed by 29 lawmakers, including House Speaker Gordon D. Fox, who is openly gay. Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed (D) opposes gay marriage, but her spokesman said she won’t block a vote on the legislation.

Efforts to legalize gay marriage in Rhode Island have been introduced several times in recent years, but failed due to opposition from former Gov. Donald L. Carcieri, a Republican, and previous legislative leaders.

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10 more reader comments:

  1. I hope they do I want to go see my friend parents get married they are such a good couple

    Posted on Friday, January 7, 2011 at 12:39am
  2. Im from ri thatd b great

    Posted on Friday, January 7, 2011 at 12:43am
  3. ^___^

    Posted on Friday, January 7, 2011 at 1:06am
  4. I hope they legalize gay marriage there!! it’s a start!

    Posted on Friday, January 7, 2011 at 8:28am
  5. They need to start legalizeing GAY marrige in more States because people should have the right to marry who they want.

    Posted on Monday, January 10, 2011 at 7:55pm
  6. Why did you capitalize the word gay, Hannah?

    Posted on Monday, January 10, 2011 at 8:01pm
  7. Because usualy people capitalize it… I dunno.

    Posted on Monday, January 10, 2011 at 8:02pm
  8. Also it’s an important word.

    Posted on Monday, January 10, 2011 at 8:03pm
  9. I just think they should call it marriage and be done with the whole thing.

    Posted on Monday, January 10, 2011 at 9:03pm
  10. All 50 states should “legalize”same sex marriage/civil unions…..and just from that gesture alone…NO MORE 2ND CLASS CITIZENS !!!!Everyone will finally be…FREE !!To be…YOU and ME !!!!And also …a truly “UNITED”States of America.

    Posted on Monday, January 10, 2011 at 10:20pm