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6:54 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Chafee Set to Sign Same-Sex Marriage Bills on Thursday

Judiciary chairwoman Edith Ajello instructs Kara Young to sit down during the committee meeting.
Judiciary chairwoman Edith Ajello instructs Kara Young to sit down during the committee meeting.
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Governor Lincoln Chafee, who emphasized same-sex marriage during his inaugural address on the south side of the Statehouse in 2011, is set to use the same location Thursday to sign same-sex marriage bills into law.

The signing ceremony is tentatively planned for 5:45 p.m. Thursday, after the House is expected to offer final passage of the legislation. Rhode Island will become the tenth US state to legalize same-sex marriage, and the last in New England to do so.

On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee made quick work of passing two companion same-sex marriage bills, approving both, 13-0.

Representative Doreen Costa (R-North Kingstown) indicated that although she was voting for the bills in committee, she will oppose them during the floor vote slated for Thursday.

The vote followed a small amount of testimony. Longtime activist Kate Monteiro touched on the effort going back to 1997 to legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island. Perennial opponents Chris and Kara Young warned of dire consequences from moving forward with same-gender nuptials.

The Senate approved the same-sex marriage bills last Wednesday.

This post has been updated.

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