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January 7, 2013 Print

Rhode Island Lawmakers Introduce Marriage Redefinition Bill

by Bethany Monk

Rhode Island legislators proposed a bill Thursday that could redefine marriage, making it the 10th in the nation to do so.

Christopher Plante, executive director of the National Organization for Marriage-Rhode Island, told CitizenLink he’s confident “that we will be able to beat this.”

The House of Representatives is poised to take up the bill in 7 to 10 days, he added, saying that the bill may get passed in the House. “In the Senate, we have a much better chance of killing the bill (where) our numbers are different.”

Rhode Island has never voted on redefining marriage. Sponsors of the bill tried unsuccessfully to move the bill forward in 2011.

States that issue same-sex marriage licenses to same-sex couples include Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia.

An Illinois Senate committee approved a same-sex marriage bill Jan. 3. The state’s General Assembly may take up the “Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act” during its next session, beginning Wednesday. The state approved a civil union law in 2010, providing the same rights to same-sex couples that approved that applied to married couples.

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed a civil union bill into law in July 2011.

Read “Talking Points to Protect Marriage.”

Read “Why Not Same-Sex Marriage?”


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