The Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee will consider the marriage equality bill later today that passed the House in January. ABC News reports:
The Senate has long been seen as the true test for gay marriage in Rhode Island, now the only state in New England without gay marriage. Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed opposes the bill but has vowed not to obstruct debate. The Newport Democrat could exercise her power as the Senate’s leader by casting a vote in Tuesday’s committee meeting, but she told The Associated Press she would not do so. The committee also is reviewing legislation that would put the question of gay marriage to the voters in next year’s election. The committee could vote to forward one — or both — bills.
Why is the Senate President, a Democrat, so staunchly opposed to marriage equality? If the committee passes the bill, the full Senate could vote on it later this week.