The New Civil Rights Movement has the story:
The Rhode Island House of Representatives this afternoon, after a 16-year journey, passed a same-sex marriage equality bill by a vote of 51-18. The bill was fully expected to pass, and now heads to the Rhode Island Senate, where passage will be a battle. If the Senate does pass the bill, Governor Lincoln Chafee will sign the bill into law.
“You can define marriage any way you want, we’ve had a marriage for 32 years,” said openly-gay Rep. Frank Ferri (image, above), adding that this bill “is for everybody here, everybody in Rhode Island.”
Today’s House session was opened by a 12-year old delivering the Pledge of Allegiance. Matthew, who is the son of a same-sex lesbian couple, last week won the hearts of many during the marriage equality debate, and was asked to open today’s hearings.