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Rhode Island Becomes 10th State to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

By Jeffrey Knipmeyer on May 15, 2013

Lawmakers in Rhode Island have given final approval to a bill making same-sex marriages legal.  As reported by Reuters, the Rhode Island House approved the Senate’s amended same-sex marriage bill on May 2 and the bill was signed into law by Governor Lincoln Chafee, an independent, almost immediately after the House vote on Thursday.

Governor Chafee joined Rhode Islanders United for Marriage, Rhode Island’s principal gay rights organization in Providence for a victory party.  Chafee said that he was proud of Rhode Islanders who have been fighting on behalf of freedom, tolerance, and equality for decades.

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