By IAN DONNIS
PROVIDENCE, RI – An influential labor leader says he thinks the state Senate will pass same-sex marriage in 2013. However, the outlook for same-sex marriage is a question mark for many Statehouse observers.
Teachers' union head Robert Walsh acknowledges the issue faces a tough fight. But the executive director of the National Education Association Rhode Island says he thinks same-sex marriage will clear the Senate on a close vote.
Walsh points to how voters in other states used referendums for the first time to approve same-sex marriage. He also notes how two additional state senators who support same-sex marriage were elected earlier this month.
Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin and other opponents are expected to lobby against the issue in the legislative session starting in January. Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed remains personally opposed to same-sex marriage.
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