Posted By Eric Ethington on March 10, 2011
Rhode Island – After a public hearing last month, which lasted over 7 hours, the State Senate is finally ready to begin its hearings on same sex marriage this afternoon. Legislative insiders are saying it might move quickly, with a final vote next week.
It’s possible that the speed they’re predicting this bill will have is related to Rhode Island Congressman Langevin’s op-ed in the local paper earlier this week. He called on the state legislature to pass marriage equality as quickly as possible.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee, an independent, and Democratic House Speaker Gordon Fox both support the bill.
The Senate is seen as the main obstacle to passage of the legislation. Democratic Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed opposes it.