Rhode Island House Passes Marriage Equality Bill; Now Moves To State Senate
As reported Rhode Island is one step closer to making marriage equality a reality. Once on the heels of similar measures introduced by the state of Illinois has now surpassed and since there seems to be less resistance in the state, makes the possibility of this taking full affect even more promising Here’s more from Think Progress:
As expected, the Rhode Island House of Representatives voted today to approve marriage equality legislation with a vote of 51-19. The bill now advances to the Senate, where the Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed (D) previously blocked a vote. This year, though, Paiva Weed has promised to allow a vote after approval in the House, but it’s unclear when that will occur. Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I) has promised to sign the bill and block any attempts to refer the question to a referendum.
An October poll showed that 56 percent of Rhode Island voters support marriage equality. Same-sex marriages from other states are already recognized by state agencies. After over a year of offering civil unions, less than 100 couples bothered to obtain one. All other states in New England — Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Connecticut — already recognize and offer same-sex marriages.
Now if Rhode Island passes the measure that would mean that 10 states have marriage equality laws. That 1/5 of the country that believes we should be able to marry whomever we wish And with the Supreme Court hearing the DOMA and Prop * cases later this year, any news of another state enacting marriage equality can only be a good thing for us. Keep your fingers crossed!