Gay Marriage

Gay Marriage Wins Approval in Rhode Island House

The state Senate is next

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With more than 100 supporters watching from the gallery, the Rhode Island House voted 51 to 19 Thursday to pass a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage.

After House Speaker Gordon D. Fox announced the vote, members rose to their feet in a prolonged standing ovation.

The vote followed a debate that lasted roughly an hour and a half, with supporters and opponents giving often impassioned, emotional speeches explaining their positions.

Until Tuesday, the issue—introduced annually for the last 11 years—had never made it beyond committee hearings.