Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Rhode Island: Senate panel approves marriage equality, bill moves to full Senate tomorrow
The Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee voted 7-4 today to pass a marriage equality bill.
The Senate bill would allow gay weddings in Rhode Island beginning on Aug. 1.
The full chamber of 38 senators will vote on the same-sex marriage bill Wednesday during a session at 4pm.
Democrats hold a 32-5 majority in the Senate, although three of the party's leaders - Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed of Newport, Majority Leader Ruggerio and Judiciary Committee Chairman McCaffrey of Warwick - are all opposed to gay marriage.
By contrast, the Senate's five-member Republican caucus announced their unanimous support for the same-sex marriage legislation earlier Tuesday. The top Republican in the lower chamber, House Minority Leader Brian Newberry, also voted in favor of same-sex marriage in January.
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 1:55 PM