Same-Sex Marriage Senate Committee Vote Set for Tuesday

Apr 22, 2013

The Senate Judiciary Committee is slated to vote Tuesday on legislation that could legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island.  The issue has never previously come this far in the state Senate.

Same-sex marriage is up for its first vote in the Senate Judiciary Commitee.
Credit Kristin Gourlay/RIPR

The 10-member Judiciary Committee plans to vote on two separate bills. One would grant marriage rights to same-sex couples through the legislature. The other one has broader religious exemptions and would make legalizing same-sex marriage subject to a statewide vote.

Depending on what happens with the two bills, the legislation could move to the Senate floor as soon as Thursday.

Rhode Island is the only New England state where same-sex marriage isn’t legal. Supporters of same-sex marriage have waged a grassroots campaign to build support for the measure among lawmakers. The groups opposing same-sex marriage include the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence and the National Organization for Marriage.

Rhode Island Public Radio will have a special one-hour public affairs show examining the same-sex marriage legislation and Senate vote, Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

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