Just hours ago, a legislative committee vote went 11 in favor of putting SSM on the House floor, with 0 nays and 2 absent. Legislation to allow same-sex marriage in Rhode Island is now headed for a floor vote in the state House of Representatives, which could happen as soon as Thursday.
Turnto10 News reports:
The full House is expected to debate and vote on same-sex marriage Thursday. Though same-sex marriage bills have been introduced for years, it will be the first time either chamber of the General Assembly will vote on the matter.
The legislation is expected to pass the House but its prospects in the Senate are far more difficult to forecast. That’s where opponents to gay marriage are hoping to defeat the bill.
“The Senate is still up for grabs,” said Christopher Plante, director of the state chapter of the National Institute for Marriage, which opposes same-sex marriage.