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Marriage equality and the Rhode Island state senate

Marriage equality and the Rhode Island state senate

Katharine Gregg of the Providence Journal fills readers in on the politics behind the marriage equality debate in Rhode Island:

Observers say the votes of anywhere from a dozen to 18 senators are at stake. Those are the senators who are publicly undecided. To approve the bill, a majority of the 38 senators must vote yes.

At least 10 senators are cosponsors of the gay-marriage bill, which has been introduced by Sen. Donna M. Nesselbush, D-Pawtucket, currently the Senate’s only openly gay member.

About 10 others have signed on as co-sponsors of a bill backed by traditional-marriage advocates. …

[ Senate President M. Teresa] Paiva Weed has committed to holding a Senate Judiciary Committee vote on the bill but has not set a timeline.

Sen. Michael J. McCaffrey, the Warwick Democrat who chairs that committee, says the vote will come “sometime in the spring.” He, too, is personally opposed to gay marriage.


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