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Vote Set for Tuesday on Same-Sex Marriage

The state House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote on the controversial measure for 3 pm on Jan. 22.

A vote by the State House Judiciary committee on a bill allowing same-sex marriage in Rhode Island is scheduled for a vote Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m., the General Assembly Press Bureau announced.

The "Equal Access to Marriage" bill — submitted in the House by Cranston Rep. Arthur Handy and co-sponsored by Rep. Kenneth A. Marshall (D-Dist. 68, Bristol, Warren) — would make Rhode Island the last state in New England to allow same-sex marriages, and would recognize any civil unions as marriages. Tiverton and Little Compton representatives have all signed the bill in support.

According to a release from the General Assembly Press Bureau, "no further testimony will be taken at this hearing."

The agenda for today's hearing is attached to this article.

What's your take? Is it about time the government stops discriminating against gay Rhode Islanders, or is this an insult to the institution of marriage? Let us know in the comments section below.

Mike Silvia January 23, 2013 at 01:34 AM
I'd say heterosexuals have done a fine job of insulting the institute of marriage for many years :)
Mike Silvia January 23, 2013 at 01:43 AM
Unanimously endorsed by House Judiciary Committee. House votes on Thursday.
Gloria Crist January 23, 2013 at 12:59 PM
To love and be loved equally-under the law.
EMB January 23, 2013 at 02:14 PM
Besides being important for adults who want to marry, this bill is critical so ALL young people can envision a future full of life's possibilities. Eileen Browning

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