R.I. Rep. To Introduce Marriage Equality Bill

Rhode Island state Rep. Arthur Handy says he has 27 co-sponsors for legislation that would allow same-sex couples to wed in the state

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—A Rhode Island lawmaker says he plans to reintroduce a bill that would allow gay and lesbian couples to marry in the state

According the The Providence Journal,  state Rep. Arthur Handy (D-Cranston) says he has gathered the support of 27 co-sponsors and will reintroduce the bill on Thursday.

The bill could signify increasing promise for the future of marriage equality in R.I.—newly sworn-in Gov. Lincoln Chafee supports same-sex marriage, as does House Speaker Gordon Fox. However, marriage equality is likely to face a battle in R.I. as it has in other states, as some lawmakers want a voter referendum on the issue and others, such as state Senate Pres. M. Teresa Paiva Weed, say they’re blatantly opposed.



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