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.READ MORE: Man Facing Charges After Dog Is Stolen From Car In Cambridge
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.READ MORE: Everett Woman Celebrates Mother's Day A Year After Giving Birth To Twins While Having COVID-19
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.
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