Ian Donnis will be reporting from the statehouse as Rhode Island is poised to join the other New England states that have already legalized same-sex marriage. This follows a battle of almost 20 years.
Two companion bills for same-sex marriage are expected to get overwhelming support during a House vote this afternoon. Immediately after, Governor Lincoln Chafee plans to sign the legislation into law during a ceremony on the south side of the Statehouse.
The first bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island was introduced in 1997. Until this year, similar bills got a vote in committee only once.
Things were different this time in part since supporters ran a campaign-style effort to convince legislators to support same-sex marriage. Meanwhile, polling over recent years shows that public support has shifted in support of same-sex marriage.