Opposition group doesn't see same-sex marriage bill passing in the RI senate

Jan 25, 2013

A group opposing same-sex marriage says it’s confident that the Rhode Island Senate will defeat legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry. The bill passed handily Thursday night in the House

Just minutes after the historic vote in the House, speaker Gordon Fox urged Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed to pass the bill in her chamber. There’s no word when the senate judiciary committee will take it up, and Paiva Weed opposes the legislation.

Chris Plante, regional director of the National Organization for Marriage, says he’s confident the bill will never make it out of the senate.

“This bill has no real religious liberties protections in it,” says Plante. “The senate has made it clear that at the very least religious liberties have to be increased and strengthened in this bill.”

Congressman David Cicilline and Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts congratulated the House for passing the bill. And Gov. Lincoln Chafee is urging the senate to pass it.

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