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.
â€œAmericans from all walks of life realize that this is the right thing to do,â€ Mr. Chafee said in an opinion article in The New York Times Thursday. Once â€œthe people have spoken, politics should do its part to make the change efficient and constructive,â€ he wrote.
The law takes effect Aug. 1.
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