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Rhode Island House passes same-sex marriage bill

Rhode Island House passes same-sex marriage bill

The Rhode Island State House has voted 52 to 19 to legalize same-sex marriage. The measure now moves to the Senate, where its fate is less certain. The Providence Journal reports:

With more than 100 supporters watching from the gallery, the Rhode Island House voted 51 to 19 Thursday to pass a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage.

After House Speaker Gordon D. Fox announced the vote, members rose to their feet in a prolonged standing ovation.

The vote followed a debate that lasted roughly an hour and a half, with supporters and opponents giving often impassioned, emotional speeches explaining their positions.

Until Tuesday, the issue — introduced annually for the last 11 years — had never made it beyond committee hearings.

See full story here. Episcopal Bishop Nicholas Knisely of Rhode Island has been outspoken in his support of marriage equality, not in spite of his faith, but because of it.


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