Rhode Island is on track to become the 10th state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriages. The state Senate has overwhelmingly approved two nearly identical bills that would legalize such unions. The bill could go to the governor for his signature as early as next week.
The gallery of the Senate erupted in cheers when the chamber voted by a margin of two-to-one to legalize same-sex marriages. The House overwhelmingly approved the same legislation in January. Senate bill sponsor Donna Nesselbush of Pawtucket, who is openly gay, called it an issue of historic importance.