Thursday, January 3, 2013

Rhode Island, Illinois Legislators Get Marriage Equality Bills

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!

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