This is going to be a very short diary--just passing the good news along. For the first time in the state's history, marriage equality has made it out of committee. The House Judiciary Committee has passed the bill unanimously.

From Katherine Gregg of the Providence Journal:

The bill is now headed toward a possible Thursday vote by the full House of Representatives.

Woot woot!

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Supporters of the bill are confident of its chances in the full House. As for its chances in the Senate, the situation is less clear, as Senate President Teresa Pavia-Weed is a marriage equality opponent. If the bill passes, Governor Lincoln Chafee will sign it into law. This is what Chafee has to say:

At its core, the Marriage Equality Act is a matter of fairness. It would extend important social recognition and legal protections to all Rhode Island families and children.
Here's hoping Rhode Island gets this done.

Originally posted to Chrislove on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 01:03 PM PST.

Also republished by Angry Gays, Milk Men And Women, LGBT Kos Community, Kossacks for Marriage Equality, and Good News.

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