Maryellen Butke http://ripr.org en Same-Sex Marriage Clears Another Legislative Hurdle http://ripr.org/post/same-sex-marriage-clears-another-legislative-hurdle <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee is expected Thursday to sign into law legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in Rhode Island.&nbsp; The House Judiciary Committee quickly approved the bills Tuesday.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Any uncertainty facing the same-sex bills was eliminated when the state Senate overwhelmingly approved them last week. In a largely procedural matter, House Judiciary followed up with an unanimous 13-to-zero vote. Education activist Maryellen Butke, who can recall how fellow gays and lesbians once faced overt hostility in Rhode Island, called the vote historic.</p> Wed, 01 May 2013 10:42:48 +0000 Ian Donnis 14475 at http://ripr.org Same-Sex Marriage Clears Another Legislative Hurdle