PROVIDENCE, R.I. (CBS/AP) – Supporters of legalizing gay marriage in Rhode Island gathered at a Statehouse rally Tuesday to protest the decision by Democratic House Speaker Gordon Fox to introduce a bill to legalize civil unions instead.

Fox last week announced he was abandoning a push to pass gay marriage legislation this year. Fox, who is gay, said the legislation has “no realistic chance” of passing the General Assembly this year.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Ben Parker reports.

Gay marriage supporters Marriage Equality Rhode Island say civil unions would not provide the same rights as marriage. They gathered at the Statehouse to protest what they call a backroom deal with the Senate.

The Senate was seen as the stumbling block for passage of a gay marriage bill.

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Comments (2)
  1. Denise says:

    “Marraige” is a piece of paper. “Couples” have many rights in many states these days – I know many unmarried “couples” that benefit from the others insurance for example.

    I don’t know what the big deal is about letting people of the same sex the little piece of paper that says they’re “Married” – they will then suffer the consequences of a Marraige penalty, higher tax rates, higher insurance costs and like any other couple if it doesn’t work – they generate business for the Lawyers of the world!

    I believe you are committed in your mind and heart long before you get that piece of paper! The world has come a long way… remember when you could only marry those of the same “color” as yourself!!! Marraige should be just that… a union of 2 people that love and care about each other wanting the same things out of life.

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