Following the defeat of several high-profile pro-gay marriage candidates during Tuesday's Democratic primary, Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon D. Fox has repeated his promise to bring a gay marriage bill to a vote next year.

The Democratic contest between Senator Michael J. McCaffrey and openly gay challenger Laura Pisaturo was widely seen as a referendum on gay marriage. McCaffrey, who opposes marriage equality and heads the Senate Judiciary Committee in charge of considering bills related to the issue, defeated his rival to move on to the general election.

But Fox noted gains in the House, and reiterated his pledge.

“Speaker Fox has repeatedly stated that he will bring marriage equality for a vote in the House in the 2013 session,” Fox spokesman Larry Berman told WPRI. “Several pro-marriage candidates were elected yesterday and that strengthens Speaker Fox's vote in the House.”

“The results of any Senate races are irrelevant to his pledge to bring marriage equality legislation to a House vote,” he added.

(Related: David Cicilline wins Rhode Island Democratic primary.)