Rhode Island Speaker Promises SSM Vote in 2013


Yet another reminder that this November's elections will matter!

House Speaker Gordon Fox says he will call a vote next year on legalizing same-sex marriage in Rhode Island.

"I'm calling the vote," Fox, D-Providence, said Friday morning during a taping of WPRI 12's Newsmakers. He added: "It's one of those issues that I need to come back, we need to address, and I intend if I'm elected speaker to address it early."

... Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed, D-Newport, opposes legalizing same-sex marriage, as do other Democrats in her leadership team. Gov. Lincoln Chafee, an independent who supports gay marriage, signed a law last year allowing gay couples to enter into civil unions, but few people have taken advantage of it. -- WPRI