The Warwick, Rhode Island City Council on Monday approved a resolution in support of a proposed gay marriage bill in Rhode Island.

After the House overwhelmingly approved the measure in January, the Senate is expected to debate the issue before the end of April. The Senate Judiciary Committee last month held a marathon 12-hour hearing on the issue but has yet to take a vote.

Warwick city councilors unanimously approved the resolution in front of a crowd estimated at 70 people, most of whom favored marriage equality. The resolution was submitted by Councilwoman Camille Vella-Wilkinson, The Providence Journal reported.

City councils in Providence and East Providence have approved similar resolutions.

Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed has pledged to bring the measure to the Senate floor as soon as it emerges from the Senate Judiciary Committee, possibly as soon as the week of April 21.

A marriage bill has been introduced every year since 1997 in Rhode Island, the only New England state which does not allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. Two years ago, lawmakers approved civil unions for gay couples.