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Smooth Sailing Ahead for RI Gay Marriage Bill

Smooth Sailing Ahead for RI Gay Marriage Bill

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Legislation to allow gay couples to marry in Rhode Island will probably be signed into law by the end of the week.
 
The House will take a final, procedural vote on the bill Thursday. It's necessary because the Senate made small changes to the legislation before passing it on an overwhelming vote last week. House Speaker Gordon Fox says he expects the final vote to go smoothly.
 
Gov. Lincoln Chafee is expected to quickly sign the bill once it reaches his desk.
 
Gay marriage supporters erupted into cheers at the Statehouse following last week's landmark vote.
 
Rhode Island will become the 10th state to approve gay marriage when the law takes effect Aug. 1. The five other New England states already allow same-sex marriage.

 

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