Rhode Island Becomes the 10th State to Legalize Marriage Equality

Written by Zack Ford

The Rhode Island House just completed its final vote on marriage equality, passing the Senate-revised bill 56-15. This is actually a more supportive vote than the House’s original consideration of the bill, which passed 51-19 in January. The Senate passed the bill last week by a 26-12 vote, with some lawmakers changing their vote in support during the floor debate.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I) is signing the bill at 5:45 PM. He explained his support for the legislation in an op-ed in the New York Times:

When I sign the Marriage Equality Act into law, I will be thinking of the Rhode Islanders who have fought for decades simply to be able to marry the person they love. I will be thinking of how Rhode Island is upholding its legacy as a place founded on the principles of tolerance and diversity. But I will also be thinking, as all governors must, about the economy. With marriage equality becoming law tomorrow night in Rhode Island, we are sending a clear message that we are open for business, and that all are welcome. I hope that leaders in capitals across the country — including Washington — will soon realize that marriage equality is an issue where doing the right thing and the smart thing are one and the same.

With his signature, Rhode Island becomes the 10th state to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples, joining Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Maryland, Iowa, Washington, and the District of Columbia. The law takes effect August 1. The Delaware Senate will consider similar legislation next Tuesday and could become the 11th.

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


Photo of the Rhode Island State House: jstephenconn/flickr


Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson4 years ago

success! progress!

Virginia Belder
Virginia Belder4 years ago


Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown4 years ago

No Jennifer, I am sorry but it is you who need to see the bigger picture.

Government, and state approved marriage has NOTHING to do with religion.

Marriage is a civil right and you religious people need to stop trying to force your views on people that do not want them.

Jennifer O.
Jennifer O4 years ago

Its extremely sad that most of you don't get it. You guys really need to see the bigger picture. For everyone's sake!

Jennifer O.
Jennifer O4 years ago

I understand why two men and two women would want to get married however marriage is between a man and a woman. The government doesn't care about gay people. This has to do with Christianity and the fact they are trying to take God out of everything.

Hannah Gilmartin
Hannah Gilmartin4 years ago

This is brilliant news! Congratulations to Rhode Island. Hopefully every other state that hasn't already will follow.
Any help you can give us in Ireland would be really appreciated: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/4/marriage-equality-in-ireland/
Marriage equality for everyone! :)

Manuela C.
Manuela C4 years ago

Good news!

Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia4 years ago

I heard DE passed marriage equality today. I love the progress I am seeing.

Ro H.
Ro H4 years ago


Shanti S.
S S4 years ago

Thank you.