Civil union bill moving again in RI Senate

June 27, 2011

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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—A proposal to allow gay couples to enter into civil unions is gaining momentum with just days left in the Rhode Island legislative session.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote Wednesday on the civil union bill. If the committee endorses the legislation, it will head to the full Senate for a final vote. Until Monday the bill appeared to be languishing on the Senate agenda as time ran out on the legislative session.

The House easily passed the civil union bill earlier in the year after leading lawmakers said gay marriage legislation lacked the votes to pass.

The measure would allow gay couples to enter into civil unions offering the same state rights and benefits given to married couples under Rhode Island law.