Rhode Island on Thursday became the nation’s 10th
state to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed, as a 16-year effort to
extend marriage rights in this heavily Catholic state ended with the
triumphant cheers of hundreds of gays, lesbians, their families and
The final House vote passed 56-15. Governor Lincoln Chafee is expected to sign the bill today at 5:45 EST on the State House south steps!
Marriage equality begins August 1st.
Rhode Island will be the 10th state in the U.S. to legally recognize marriage equality!
Congrats, Rhode Island!