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 this 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.

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

The agenda for the 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.

Dan Johnson February 10, 2013 at 05:11 PM
It should be obvious requiring residents to cross the state line so they may have a legal marriage at home is irrational, counter productive, and mean spirited. Why not let them have their wedding in their own community, and spend those wedding bucks at home, rather than in state next door. The only excuse for denial of legal equality relies on an irrational prejudice supported by nothing more than a few mistranslated and misinterpreted ancient bible verses taken out of context. This irrational prejudice fails to provide any legitimate governmental interest sufficient for denial of equal treatment under the law as promised in the founding documents and required by the 5th and 14th amendments to the constitution.


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