Rhode Island House Panel Votes 9-3 to Advance Civil Union Bill


A same-sex civil union bill in Rhode Island passed the House Judiciary Committee late this afternoon by a vote of 9-3 and will now head to the full House.

Marriage equality advocates are unhappy because it will set up a two-class, separate and not equal system, and anti-gay advocates are unhappy because it's a "stepping stone" to marriage equality.

The bill is a compromise initiated after openly gay House Speaker Gordon Fox decided there was not enough support to pass a marriage equality bill.

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