Rhode Island’s House of Representatives is expected to pass a bill today legalizing same-sex marriage, which will then be deliberated by the State Senate. Sen. Frank Ciccone (D), however, has introduced a piece of legislation of his own that would put the issue up to voters.
Unlike HB5015, which passed the House Judiciary Committee unanimously on Tuesday, Ciccone’s resolution would suggest a constitutional ban on gay marriage while providing for civil unions.
According to Go Local Prov, S 0096 would ask voters if they wanted to amend the state Constitution to define marriage as “the lawful union of one man and one woman, provided the recognition and definition of marriage shall not prohibit the recognition of a lawful civil union between two (2) members of the same gender.”
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