Chafee to sign gay marriage into law
The R.I. House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved the amended version of the same-sex marriage bill that was passed by the Senate last week. The full House is expecting to approve the bill Thursday, May 2.
In anticipation of House approval, Gov. Lincoln Chafee scheduled a public bill-signing ceremony immediately following the vote at 5:45 p.m. The service will be held on the south steps of the State House.
The legislation removes genderspecific language from the section of the general laws that governs eligibility for marriage.
The bills passed the Senate last week, 26-12. The House previously passed the Handy version of the bill on a vote of 51-19 before it was amended by the Senate. Jamestown’s State House delegation is split on same-sex marriage. Rep. Deb Ruggiero voted to approve the bill the first time the House voted. Sen. President Teresa Paiva Weed last week cast a minority vote in the Senate.