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Vote Set For Tuesday On Same-Sex Marriage

The state House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote on the controversial measure for this afternoon.


A vote by the State House Judiciary committee on a bill allowing same-sex marriage in Rhode Island is scheduled for a vote tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m., the General Assembly Press Bureau announced.

The "Equal Access to Marriage" bill — submitted in the House by Cranston Rep. Arthur Handy and co-sponsored by Rep. Kenneth A. Marshall (D-Dist. 68, Bristol, Warren) — would make Rhode Island the last state in New England to allow same-sex marriages, and would recognize any civil unions as marriages.

According to a release from the General Assembly Press Bureau, "no further testimony will be taken at this hearing."

Passage in the House would then move the bill to the state Senate Judiciary Committee, which may or may not decide to take it up this session. 

The agenda for today's hearing is attached to this article.

What's your take? Is it about time the government stops discriminating against gay Rhode Islanders, or is this an insult to the institution of marriage? Let us know in the comments section below.

@Home_in_EG January 23, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Why are we so puritan in Rhode Island. Please let this happen. As a straight person (but not a Narrow person) I think its crazy that we would ever deny two people in love from marrying. Let them have the same craziness that we have!

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