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. gung hoe

    Personally i dont understand what the gay people dont understand about what they do is WRONG both in the eyes of god and decent people i dont know but mayby little tommeys mommy thought it was cute when she caught him playing with little joeys peepee and didnt teach him it was wrong mind did who knows look at what you gay people are missing

    June 30, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    Gay's wouldn't be able to lay-hold of their claim of "marriage" if not for the fact that the vast majority of the hetero community have no use for it. Most people believe that 'hooking-up' and living together is a much better way to establish a healthy and productive family. And the results are in. Thanks to thiese new kinds of marriages, hardly any of our kids are fat and they all get better grades now. At least those of US who still value the gift of marriage have Holy Matrimony to fall back on. Imagine a bunch of sodomite's marching on Washington demanding to be declared Holy, or asking a Priest to pronounce them 'holy'. Good-luck with that one. You gay's can have the word 'marriage'. But keep your grubby paws off of Holy Matrimony.

    June 30, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • CarrotCakeMan

      I've posted a list of some of the major Christian and Jewish denominations that WANT to marry same gender American couples. What is this church you're talking about that doesn't want to marry us? Are you a member of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, Philip? Do you try to trash funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq because you're angry and upset that so few other Americans will help you hurt LGBT Americans?

      June 30, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. CarrotCakeMan

    When speaking about First Amendment issues in regards to marriage equality, it's always important to remember it isn't just a matter of those denominations who claim they'd be forced to perform same gender marriages. The many Christian, Jewish and other denominations that are marrying same gender couples now are being denied their right to practice their religion freely in 44 US States. These denominations have married same gender couples in 6 US States and the District of Columbia:

    The Episcopal Church
    Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
    Metropolitan Community Church
    Reform Judaism
    Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
    Unitarian Universalist Church
    United Church of Christ

    June 30, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. gung hoe

    Its not that he doesnt value freedom and equality because ive read enough of his post to know he does mayby its that he knows the difference between right and wrong and he along with me and others are trying to sound the warning that just because it feels gond doesnt make it right

    June 30, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    @Carrot...religions that publicly challenge same-gender marriages are threatened with losing their ta exempt status. So they shun God's word upon which they established their religion in favor of profit. Just because holy men from different religions tag-teamed your boy's anus doesn't prove that this sort of behavior is ordained by God. Get a clue.

    June 30, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. gung hoe

    And if you are so big on your facts carrot top cake man check this one out that with the onset of your liberal fascism in this contry the more it grows the more this country the one that i love and would lay my life down for in a instant has gone to hell i just hope that it hasnt gone too far

    June 30, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. fernace

    Right, it's gays peoples fault that we can't balance our national budget, that we're in 3 un-winnable wars, that all our necessities(such as education& healthcare) are being decimated, etc.! Lay it all at gays feet, that makes sense (mega eyerolling)!!

    June 30, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
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