PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Supporters of same-sex marriage in Rhode Island say they're hopeful about their chances ahead of a key legislative vote on the contentious debate.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to debate and vote Tuesday on legislation that would allow gay and lesbian couples to wed. The committee's endorsement would send the bill to the full Senate for a vote, possibly as soon as Wednesday. The House has already passed the bill.
Sen. Donna Nesselbush, a Pawtucket Democrat and the sponsor of the Senate bill, says she believes a majority of her colleagues will support gay marriage.
Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed says she remains opposed to the legislation but won't obstruct the bill.
Rhode Island is now the only state in New England that doesn't allow same-sex couples to marry.