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Rhode Island committee schedules vote on same-sex marriage

Thursday, January 17, 2013

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Legislation to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry in Rhode Island will soon head to its first political test.

The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote on the measure for Tuesday.

If the panel passes the measure as expected, it will head to the full House for a vote, possibly next week. House Speaker Gordon Fox has said he wants the House to vote on the legislation by month’s end.

Advocates for gay marriage like their chances in the House, but concede that the Senate is a tougher challenge.

Nine states and the District of Columbia now allow gay marriage. Rhode Island is the only state in New England without it.

A hearing on the bill this week attracted hundreds of people on both sides of the issue.

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6 more reader comments:

  1. Well due to separation of church and state, I think all people should have a right to get married, we shouldn’t vote on it. It should automatically be a right.

    Posted on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 9:18pm
  2. While they’re at it, they should vote on Hetero divorce.

    Posted on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 9:22pm
  3. only if it would happen in texas…I would love to give my fiance the wedding of her dreams

    Posted on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 9:22pm
  4. i wish north carolina would do this so i could marry who i wont in my birth state

    Posted on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 9:24pm
  5. you need to move from those states and go where you are accepted.

    Posted on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 9:32pm
  6. Every state will let us marry in time .

    Posted on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 12:16am