Rhode Island Could Become The Next State To Allow Gay Marriage

01.07.11 | Sarah Harnisch

  On Thursday, Rhode Island introduced a same-sex marriage bill. In an interview, Representative Arthur Handy said he had already lined up 27 co-sponsors and would introduce the bill no matter what-- in hopes of spurring an early-session hearing and vote on the measure. A same-sex marriage bill has never made it that far before, and its chances in the senate remain uncertain. The state senate president says she remains personally opposed. The majority of Rhode Island's population alligns itself with the Catholic church. Same-gender marriage is currently legal in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont, but is facing a repeal effort in New Hampshire. In Maine, voters overturned the state legislature's approval of same-sex nuptials.