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Rhode Island House Passes Marriage Equality, the Euphoric VIDEO


Supporters of marriage equality in Rhode Island spoke out and celebrated yesterday in Providence as the House passed marriage equality in a 51-19 vote. Check out this beautiful video of the vote going down.


The AP notes the tough battle ahead in the senate, in its report on the vote:

It could be weeks or even months before the Senate takes up the bill that would make the Ocean State the last in New England to recognize same-sex marriage, but supporters still celebrated the House vote...

...Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who supports gay marriage, urged quick action on the bill in the Senate. The governor, an independent, argues gay marriage is an issue of civil rights and the state’s quality of life, and said some people may choose other New England states over the Ocean State because of its stance on marriage.

“Now that the House has swiftly acted, I urge Senate leadership to ‘call the roll’ — for our economy, for our gay and lesbian friends and neighbors, and for history,” he said in a statement.

Advocacy groups on both sides of the issue will now turn their attention to the 38-member Senate, which has never voted on gay marriage legislation.

Chris Plante, director of the state chapter of the National Institute for Marriage, said he’s optimistic senators will vote to preserve the state’s current marriage laws. He said leaders like Fox and Chafee don’t reflect public sentiment.

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  1. voting by electronic device isn't quite as exciting as roll calls as they did in NY state senate but thrilling nonetheless. Congrats Rhode Island, good things do come in small packages. It's yours state senate.

    Posted by: Cd in DC | Jan 25, 2013 10:40:06 AM

  2. It's not a done deal yet? It still has to go through the senate? Wah-wahhhh. One pretty big step tho. Good on ya, RI.

    Posted by: AJ | Jan 25, 2013 10:49:01 AM

  3. Maggie and NOM must be near apoplexy as they lose yet another one.

    Posted by: adam | Jan 25, 2013 11:40:47 AM

  4. From the land of Roger Williams. Look him up.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 26, 2013 10:59:40 AM

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    Posted by: sohbet | May 4, 2013 3:14:17 AM

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