The Rhode Island Bar Association (RIBA) has endorsed a bill which seeks to legalize gay marriage in Rhode Island.

The association's House of Delegates and Executive Committee backed the bill just days after the Rhode Island House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the measure.

“We greatly appreciate the endorsement of the Rhode Island Bar Association,” Ray Sullivan, campaign director for Rhode Islanders United for Marriage, said in a statement. “Access to the unique protection and recognition of marriage to all Rhode Island families is of paramount importance to the fair administration of justice. The Bar Association understands this, and we are proud to have them stand in support of our grassroots campaign to bring marriage equality to the Ocean State.”

A spokesman for RIBA President Michael McElroy said that about 80 association members attended the House vote.

Founded in 1896, RIBA represents more than 6,300 lawyers in the state.