Rhode Island’s House Judiciary Committee has unanimously agreed to send a same-sex marriage bill to the state’s House of Representatives.
The bill may be voted on by the full House as early as Thursday, the Providence Journal reports
Supporters expect the bill to pass in the House, but the outlook is less clear in the Senate, according to the newspaper.
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“This important effort has received the support of a growing number of Rhode Islanders from nearly every political background and religious tradition . . . ’’ Rep. David Cicilline, a gay Democrat, said on his Facebook page.
If the House and Senate pass the legislation, gay couples could begin marrying in the Ocean State next year.
Nine states and Washington, D.C. currently allow same-sex marriage.
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