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.