Rhode Island Senate Clears Path to Gay Marriage
Same-sex weddings likely to be legal there by August
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2013 5:58 PM CDT
Rhode Island state Sen. Donna Nesselbush, D-Pawtucket, reacts after the gay-marriage bill passed.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

(Newser) – By this summer, it should be legal for gay people to get married anywhere in New England. Rhode Island's senate today passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage by a vote of 26-12, making it all but certain that the state will become the sixth and final New England state to join the club, reports the Providence Journal. The legislation goes back to the House for what the AP calls a "largely procedural vote" and then onto the desk of Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who backs the measure. Rhode Island would become the 10th state to legalize gay marriage, with the first ones in the state taking place as early as Aug. 1. (Nevada might be next, while France and New Zealand recently put their laws on the books.)

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Apr 25, 2013 11:34 AM CDT
People you are thinking this one through you are getting caught up in the emotion, by destroying the traditional definition of marriage you open door to all kind of unions some very taboo. Who draws the line when it becomes to extreme and are they then considered a haters as those people opposed to GM. These people in the picture are cheering like Neil Armstrong just stepped on the moon its really strange like its a pivitol moment in human history!
Apr 25, 2013 7:50 AM CDT
Can we start working on jobs, economy, and the debt now.
Apr 25, 2013 4:14 AM CDT
It's no landmark decision for R.I., and because there are so many serious economic and social issues, it will be quickly forgotten. When will government learn to stay out of legislating what goes on in the bedroom and get with the business of fixing social ills that beset all of us, straight and crooked.