Rhode Island State Senate Approves Civil Unions, Bill Advances To Governor’s Desk

WPRI News is reporting that “Rhode Island moved one step closer to allowing same-sex civil unions on Wednesday after the Senate passed a bill to legalize them.” Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I-RI) has said he will sign the bill, which has already passed the Assembly, but some are urging a veto in order to later secure full marriage rights for gay couples. With New York codifying gay marriage into law last week, Rhode Island and Maine are the only New England states left where gay marriage is illegal.