Increased support for gay marriage in Rhode Island

Providence, R.I. – The gay community in Rhode Island is increasing its efforts to pass gay marriage legislation, in light of a new poll. The poll by democratic firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research shows that 59 percent of Rhode Islanders support gay marriage - a 10 percent increase since 2008.

Marriage Equality Rhode Island Executive Director Kathy Kushner says the group will support a civil marriage bill in 2011.

"The law will treat all Rhode Islanders equally, protect all families equally, and secure this beautiful state we call home as a place where loving, committed couples all are respected and protected equally," Kushner says.

Greenberg Quinlan Rosner polled five-hundred-four registered voters. The poll was paid for by advocates of gay marriage and had a margin of error of plus or minus four-point-four percent.