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. banasy

    Hey, lady fernace!

    June 29, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ banasy:
    Da-
    mn.
    SHERYL IS I.
    I didn't even get a *facepalm.*
    No ticky, no...

    June 29, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    Ed Sr.:
    When you dog can sign its name with something more than a paw print dipped in ink.

    June 29, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. fernace

    @ jules sands-perkins, alles ist gott!!

    June 29, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Fido

    Bowzee wowzee. I'm coming out of the doghouse. Dog houses don't have closets. (shrug)

    June 29, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy

    @JIF:
    Well, your writing style is slightly different, and I'm not going to lie; you both shared the same hedonistic tendencies.
    I love Sheryl.
    I love JIF, too.
    I should have guessed when you brought up Ellis, and the phone numbers....
    But DO keep Sheryl around!
    She's a keeper!

    Damn, I must be overtired; I'm usually better than that!

    *Facepalm*

    June 29, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Buffalo Willamina

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNFCimKlpoQ&w=640&h=360]

    June 29, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      Would you F(_)©|< me? I'd F(_)©|< me. I'd F(_)©|{ me so hard... Never would have made the connection between goodbye horses and Wuffalo Willamina..

      June 29, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    fernace,
    I'm jules too.

    June 29, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fernace

    Joey you sly devil, more than 1 personality per blog?! It's simply decadent!

    June 29, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ellis-Panama

    No!
    Joey most certainly is not jules!
    Joey is my new husband!
    And I am, even at this moment, carrying his child!

    June 29, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy

    @JIF:
    I had a feeling about jules, especially when you were talking about the different conductors in a totally inappropriate thread.
    Who else are you, Sybil?

    June 29, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. fernace

    I Knew It! I kept thinking, bet this is Joey! OK, who are you really? banasy, help me out here, or are you not you either!? Ooohhh, I'm sooo confused! I need a smurf, I think or a shot of Herradura!!

    June 29, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Velvety Jones, SBC (D-Georgia)

    Law'd, we be fa gathrin' tagethuh taday! to be a unitizing this heoah Man and a this heoah mutt, and I....Dog. Dog. I meant Dog Law'd. Don't strike mea down-ah. Say don't strike mea down-nah. Neah how in thee hell do you 'spect me ta git it rat. Foist ya be tellin' mea man and womb-man. Then ya bea tellin' man on man-nah, man on mannnnn-nah. Womb-man and a wombed-man, a woooomed man-nah. Naeh ya be sayin' Dog-ga. Ya be sayin' Dog-ga, Dahhhhhhhhgpguh. Hep me law'd.

    June 29, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy

    @fernace:

    No, it's me, only me.

    June 29, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. fernace

    OK, I've calmed down now, long enough to accept that you are Ellis-Panama, too! Now, are you sure you're Joey Isotta- Fraschitti ??

    June 29, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
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