After four states passed gay marriage measures in 2012, lawmakers in Rhode Island and Illinois have introduced bills that could legalize same-sex marriage in 2013.
The Providence Journal reports that State Rep. Arthur Handy (D-Cranston) will introduce legislation that allows same-sex couples to tie the knot in Rhode Island on Thursday. Handy, the measure’s longtime sponsor, said the bill has been drafted but needs signatures from co-sponsors, which includes out-gay House Speaker Gordon Fox (D-Providence).
Like other such laws in the states that have legalized same-sex marriage, there are very specific "religious carve outs." The bill’s language will grant religious groups protections if they object -- particularly important in one of the nation’s most heavily Roman Catholic states. Full story here!