After the Rhode Island Senate made some minor changes to the marriage equality bill last week, the House will take the bill up for a final vote on Thursday, sending it to the governor for his signature. Boston.com reports:
House members voted overwhelmingly in January to approve the bill and now must vote again only to sign off on small changes made by the Senate, which passed the legislation 26-12 last week. “We’ll have that bill on the House floor on Thursday and then we’ll make history,” said House Speaker Gordon Fox, D-Providence. Fox is gay and helped push the legislation through his chamber. Asked whether anything could derail the bill at this point, he smiled, saying, “I think it’s a pretty good outlook.”
Once the bill is signed into law, it will take effect on August 1, and civil unions will no longer be available in the state.
Over at On Top Magazine, they have a series of nine videos that document Rhode Island’s journey to marriage equality:
A series of 9 videos produced by the Providence Journal documents Rhode Island’s long journey to becoming the 10th state to legalize gay marriage. Passage of a marriage equality bill cleared the Rhode Island Senate on Wednesday, three months after clearing the House. Gay and lesbian couples might get the right to marry as early as August 1.
The video below looks at the civil unions compromise of 2010. For all the videos, click here.