R.I. House speaker says it’s too soon for vote on SSM


From the Providence Journal, more signs that lawmakers are wavering:

After chairing an 8 ½-hour hearing the night before on a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island, House Judiciary Chairwoman Edith Ajello was hoping on Thursday to have her committee vote on the bill next week.

“The next logical step would be a committee vote,” said Ajello on the day after the hearing that drew hundreds of people on both sides of the deep divide to the State House for a high-pitched rally and hearing. “I would hope that it would be next week,” she said.

But the state’s openly gay House Speaker Gordon D. Fox, who along with Ajello is a cosponsor of this year’s same-sex marriage legislation, said next week is “too soon” to bring the issue to a vote.

“I think next week is premature.” Fox said in an interview. [source]