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Rhode Island Approves Same-Sex Marriages

Same-sex marriage will be legal in Rhode Island starting Aug. 1 after the state House of Representatives gave final approval to the legislation Thursday, thrilling supporters who’ve been pushing the issue for 16 years.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed the bill into law at a ceremony on the South Steps of the State House Thursday evening, where he was joined by Rhode Island’s congressional delegation, state lawmakers and advocates for same-sex marriage.

“Today a dream has come true,” state Rep. Frank Ferri, D-Warwick, who is openly gay, said to a standing ovation. “This moment is surreal. For us in Rhode Island, we have achieved an understanding about the human condition – that we all are one family and need to look out for each other.




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