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Rhode Island Rep. to introduce same sex marriage bill

Posted by David Zimmerman  January 2, 2013 09:12 AM

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According to Rhode Island state Rep. Arthur Handy (D-Cranston), he will introduce legislation tomorrow that would allow gay couples to marry in Rhode Island. Since the November elections, when Maine passed a law allowing for same sex marriages, Rhode Island has been the only New England state that does not allow for marriage equality.

Handy is currently working on getting co-sponsors for the bill and will most certainly approach openly gay House Speaker Gordon Fox.

One past sticking point in similar proposed legislation in Rhode Island has been language that would allow religious organizations the power to have "exclusive control over its own religious doctrine, policy, and teachings regarding who may marry within their faith, and on what terms." The language would protect clergy from being obligated to officiate any ceremony that is against their religious principles.

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