Just got the news – the Rhode Island Senate voted overwhelmingly to pass the marriage equality bill. Equality on Trial reports:
Just now, the Rhode Island Senate voted 26-12 to approve SB38, a marriage equality bill that would provide full rights to same-sex couples in the State. All five of the chamber’s Republican members voted yes on the bill, joined by 21 of their Democratic colleagues. The bill will now return to the Rhode Island House of Representatives, which passed a similar marriage equality bill 51-19 in January but must vote again on SB38, which contains small changes to the provision’s religious exemptions. House Speaker Gordon Fox believes a final vote could happen as soon as next week.
The Senate was really the big impediment, with the leadership opposed but willing to allow a vote, But the approval of the entire GOP caucus yesterday sealed it.