R.I. Senate clears path for marriage equality

Rhode Island appears likely to become the 10th U.S. state, along with the District of Columbia, to end marriage discrimination against same-sex couples. The state Senate this week voted 26-12 in favor of a marriage equality bill sponsored by Sen. Donna Nesselbush, who is an out lesbian. The House, which already passed a version of the bill, is likely to approve the Senate-passed version next week and send it to Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who is expected to sign it, according to House Speaker Gordon D. Fox, who is also openly gay. "We are grateful to Rhode Island's gay and lesbian legislators for standing up for themselves, for their partners, for their families and for every young person across the state who dreams of one day marrying the person they love," said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund.

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