Rhode Island legalizes gay marriage

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May 3, 2013

Same Sex Marriage
Rhode Island became the 10th state to legalize gay marriage Thursday, capping a campaign to bring same-sex nuptials to all of New England.

The Democrat-led Rhode Island House of Representatives passed the marriage-equality bill, 56-15.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee, an Independent who campaigned on his desire to sign a gay-marriage law, fulfilled that promise on the statehouse steps, shortly after it passed.

“Americans from all walks of life realize that this is the right thing to do,” Mr. Chafee said in an opinion article in The New York Times Thursday. Once “the people have spoken, politics should do its part to make the change efficient and constructive,” he wrote.

The law takes effect Aug. 1.

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