A gay marriage bill could be introduced
as early as this week in Rhode Island, GoLocalProv.com
Marriage Equality Rhode Island (MERI)
Executive Director Ray Sullivan said the marriage bill would be part
of the group's legislative agenda.
“We're absolutely coming back with a
marriage bill this year,” Sullivan said. “A lot of politicians
would prefer that we just go away and not continue to push this
issue, but we will not go away until we see the governor sign this
bill into law.”
The measure is expected to be sponsored
by Representative Art Handy in the House and Senator Rhonda Perry in
Rhode Island lawmakers last year
abandoned efforts to approve a gay marriage bill in favor of civil
unions over the loud opposition of many gay rights activists.
Governor Lincoln Chafee signed civil
unions into law but added that he supports marriage for gay couples.
“I remain committed to the passage of
marriage equality, but democracy is about compromise,” Chafee said.
“I am convinced that Rhode Island will someday have full marriage
equality and I intend to play a role in that effort.”
Island's Stephanie Chafee officiates over civil union of gay couple.)