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NEWS: Rhode Island To Vote on Gay Marriage Bill

By January 23, 2013

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Rhode Island may be the next US state to welcome legal gay marriage. A legislative committee set the stage for same-sex unions with an endorsement of a new gay marriage law. The bill is now headed for a vote by the state House of Representatives. A debate is expected Thursday.

According to state Representative Edith Ajello, a Providence Democrat, the bill has been years in the making. It's expected to pass the House, especially with the support of Gov. Lincoln Chafee and openly gay House Speaker Gordon Fox. The Senate may pose a challenge, as Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed has vowed that she will not support the bill as written. It's unclear at the moment what concessions she wants.
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