PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed legislation allowing gay couples to enter into civil unions after a last-ditch effort to turn the initiative into a bill that would allow gay couples to marry failed.

Lawmakers voted 62-11 Thursday to endorse the bill, which now moves to the Senate.

The proposal would allow gay couples to enter into civil unions granting all of the state rights given to married couples under Rhode Island law. It was introduced as a compromise after legislative leaders said gay marriage legislation lacked the votes needed to pass this year.

Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed has predicted that civil unions will win broad support in her chamber. Gov. Lincoln Chafee, an independent, has said he would sign the measure.

Gay marriage advocates tried unsuccessfully to resurrect the gay marriage legislation during House debate.

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Comments (5)
  1. Willow says:

    At least RI has some sense. Marriage is between a man and a woman. I don’t have a problem with a civil union, but I’m sick of society trying to push their political correctness bull on me. I do not embrace the gay lifestyle, but do not have a problem with civil unions. Everyone has a right to love who they want, but God insitituted marriage beginning with Adam and Eve, and that’s the belief I will cling to.

    1. Tim Fitzgerald says:

      God created us all equal, gay or straight. It should not be up to people like Willow to judge us. I will not judge her based on beliefs but netiher shoudl a cgroup of people judge their felliow man. Love is love regardless. Civil unions are fine but we all have the same rights to liife, love and the pursuit of happiness. We wote and pay taxes. we should be allowed to have the same rights. Plain and simple.

      1. Willow says:

        And, where did I just you? I do not embrace the gay lifestyle, but respect a persons right to love whom they want. I do not have a problem with civil unions either, as I said previously, but I do hold true to the sanctity of marriage being between a man and a woman. I did not mean to offend you or anyone else, it is my belief in God and His word. If you feel you are being judged, might I suggest you take it up with Him. I have nothing personally against you or anyone else who chooses an alternative lifestyle. I just don’t want to be told I have to call it right. I live under the same freedoms as anyone else. At least I thought so when I got up this morning.

  2. Willow says:

    Sorry, the word should be “judge.”++

  3. Denise says:

    Whippie .. Marraige / Civil Union – basically the same thing it’s just a word! Everyone can be loved, mistreated, admired, scorned, etc… buy people of the same or opposite sex. Personally I think we have no right in the bedroom to 2 consenting adults! Have a great weekend! I can’t believe the sun is finally out – may it be for a short period of time!

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