President Barack Obama on Thursday endorsed an effort to make Rhode Island the tenth state to legalize gay marriage.

“While the President does not weigh in on every measure being considered by the states, he believes all couples should be treated fairly and equally, with dignity and respect,” White House spokesperson Shin Inouye said in a statement given to gay weekly the Washington Blade. “As he has said, his personal view is that it’s wrong to prevent couples who are in loving, committed relationships, and want to marry, from doing so.

Obama last month offered similar support for legislation pending in Illinois.

Bills seeking to legalize marriage equality in Rhode Island were introduced in both houses last week.

While Democrats control both chambers of the General Assembly, passage in the Senate, where Democratic leaders oppose marriage equality, remains in doubt. Currently, the proposal has only 11 co-sponsors in the 38-member Senate.

Rhode Island became the only New England state without marriage equality after Maine voters in November approved a referendum on the issue. The state currently recognizes gay couples with civil unions.