Smallest state is big battleground on gay marriage

January 15, 2013 • National News

Roman Catholic priest Bernard Healey testifies against same-sex marriage before the House Judiciary Committee, at the Statehouse, in Providence, R.I., Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. R.I. House Speaker Gordon Fox has called a vote on gay marriage legislation in his chamber by month’s end. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Hundreds of supporters of same-sex marriage rights assembled at the Rhode Island Statehouse on Tuesday, urging lawmakers to make the nation’s smallest state the 10th to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed — and the last to do so in New England.

House Speaker Gordon Fox, who is gay, has called for a vote on same-sex marriage legislation in his chamber by month’s end, making Rhode Island the latest state to address an issue whose supporters see things swinging their way after voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington approved gay marriage last fall.

About 300 supporters and opponents signed up to address the legislative committee reviewing the bill — they Login to read more

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