The state of Rhode Island will be the 10th US state to legalize gay marriage, when the General Assembly reaffirms their support for marriage equality, next week.
The marriage equality bill passed in the state Senate 26 - 12. The House Judiciary committee is scheduled to vote on the legislation on Tuesday April 30th, and the full House will vote on the final bill on Thursday May 2nd. Governor Lincoln Chafee will sign the bill after passage, and the law will be effective on August 1, 2013.
Governor Chafee issued a statement after the Senate vote.
I am always proud to be a Rhode Islander, but never more so than today.
Pending the final vote by the House of Representatives, Rhode Island will no longer be an outlier in our region. We will have the welcome mat out. We will be open for business, and we will once again affirm our legacy as a place that is tolerant and appreciative of diversity.Well done Rhode Island!
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