June 29th, 2011
08:34 PM ET

Rhode Island legislature passes same-sex civil union bill

Less than a week after New York became the nation's sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage, Rhode Island state lawmakers on Wednesday voted in favor of a bill that permits civil unions between gay and lesbian couples.

The measure, which passed the state Senate by a count of 21-16, is widely seen as a compromise intended to provide same-same couples with added rights and benefits, while also preventing an expanded legal definition of marriage.

The legislation, which passed overwhelmingly in the state's lower house on May 19, affords same-sex couples a host of new state tax breaks, health-care benefits and greater ease of inheritance.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee, an independent, is expected to sign the bill into law, according to his spokesman, Michael Trainor. If signed, the law would take effect on July 1, making Rhode Island the fifth state in the country to allow civil unions between same-sex couples.

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  1. Benjadumb

    It's beneficial to nature because it helps the overpopulation issue our Earth is currently facing. Besides, it's not like anyone chooses to have those feelings, so I don't understand why it has to be contested.

    June 29, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dingo ate my baby

    Civil unions seems pedantic. Lets just say that two consenting adults can get married. Keep the church(es) and religion out of the law.

    June 29, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. LargeNcharge

    The cost of heathcare in RI is about to go up, 100 fold.

    June 29, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trixibelle

      What brilliant facts have brought you to this conclusion?

      June 29, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Fred Flintstone

    Gay

    June 29, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bi Lady

    Because boobs are just more awesome, regardless of how they're dressed.

    June 29, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Franque

      I heart tatty fecking.

      June 29, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fate

      Mmm bi women are awesome.. If I were born a chick I'd like chicks too. I'd like hot lipstick girl next door types.. Just bring the knee high tube socks..

      June 29, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fate

      byeschmexuall women are awesome.. If I were born a girl I'd like girls too. I'd like hot lipstick girl next door types.. Just bring the knee high tube socks..

      June 29, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Franque

      Punch lines to dirty jokes: Well you dodn't have to say it twice. I didn't

      June 29, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • mysterion

      byeschmexuall women are awesome.. If I were born a girl I'd like girls too. I'd like hot lipstick girl next door types.. Just bring the knee high tube socks..

      June 29, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dingo ate my baby

    Boobs are awesome

    June 29, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill

      I like man boobs!

      June 29, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dingo ate my baby

      Sweet! We are wired a little different but we both like boobs. You like man boobs and I think you should motor boat them. People like what they like. Thats the point right? Two consenting adults can share a bedroom, love, or even the rest of their lives.

      June 29, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dingo ate my baby

    I like boobs

    June 29, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sodomitesareokay

    Dude whatever man. Just keep your christian beliefs to yourself and the world will become more peaceful and happy. Evangelicals are bad and destructive and the forces of good shall over come the evangelicals.

    June 29, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Me

    This came across on Facebook and I loved it....

    "If you dont like gay marriage blame the straight people, they're the ones who keep having gay babies."

    June 29, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Unknown

    Who are the real perverts? A straight person who goes to a strip club or two gays getting married?

    June 29, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dingo ate my baby

    Do you break a sweat smiting people? So smitey

    June 29, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mommaearth

    One man sticking his penis up another man's anus is the most discusting,vile act in the entire universe.

    June 29, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      agreed

      June 29, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dingo ate my baby

      Say for you breathing mate!

      June 29, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Franque

      You obviously don't know what DP is.

      June 29, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. KateOSee

    I am a 20 year old female who is incapable of having children. My boyfriend and I plan on getting married after college. Should we not since there is no "benefit to nature"? Also, what difference is there if I marry my boyfriend or my ex girlfriend? Either way, we're not having kids.

    June 29, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sense4sure

    They will not be satisfied with this. They want something they will never get and that is acceptance. It's kinda like a spoiled child who will never be happy.

    June 29, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Troy from S'port

      Actually we don't want your acceptance; we just want you to shut up.

      June 29, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • JRH

      Just because you're a bigot and *you* won't accept it, please don't presume to speak for the vast majority of people in America – especially those of us who can think for ourselves...

      June 29, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • dpljlb

      You're right Gay people will NEVER be satisfied as being treated as second class citizens. We work as hard as you do, pay the taxes. We DESERVE the same CIVIL RIGHTS as you do. If you disagree, LEAVE THE UNITED STATES and start your own country that decides what group of people should get what freedoms AKA NAZI GERMANY.

      June 29, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • CarrotCakeMan

      Major polls–CNN, Gallup, ABC-Washington Post–all show a majority of Americans support marriage equality for their fellow Americans who are LGBT. Fully 80% of Americans wanted and GOT DADT revoked. We already have the support of 80% of Americans. Please feel free to withhold your support and show other Americans how little you value freedom and equality.

      June 30, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. 702nitro

    In 5 years, they will allow marriage between a human and an animal.

    June 29, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • MichaelSD

      Who, between you and your sister in Alabama?

      June 29, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elisabeth

      @702nitro – I think its going to be a lot longer than 5 years before someone is going to want to marry you...

      June 29, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • JRH

      Please crawl back under your rock. Oh, and don't register to vote either please.

      June 29, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dingo ate my baby

      Can an animal sign a legally binding marriage certificate? Wow those technicalities throw a wrench in your weird paranoid dream world doesn't it?

      702Nitro put the bag filled with spray paint down. Stop huffing.

      June 29, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • dpljlb

      Not to worry. As an animal, we would never allow a human to marry you.

      June 29, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
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