Rhode Island to Legalize Gay Marriage

Rhode Island to Legalize Gay Marriage

Heavily Catholic Rhode Island is the last remaining New England state without gay marriage

by #teamEBONY, April 25, 2013

Rhode Island to Legalize Gay Marriage

Same-sex marriage supporters outside the State House in Providence, RI

Rhode Island is on a path to becoming the 10th state to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry after a landmark vote in the state's Senate on Wednesday.

The Senate passed gay marriage legislation by a comfortable 26-12 margin, following a House vote of approval in January. The bill must now return to the House for a largely procedural vote, likely next week, but the celebration began Wednesday.

Hundreds of people filled the Statehouse with cheers following the vote.

"I grew up in Rhode Island and I'd like to retire in Rhode Island," said Annie Silvia, 61, who now lives with her partner of 30 years just across the border in North Attleboro, Mass. "No. 10 is a nice round number, but I'd like it to be bigger. Fifty sounds good to me.

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