It seems that the marriage equality will not pass in 2011 in Rhode Island.
After not passing the marriage equality, the lawmakers of Rhode Island could present a bill to allow civil unions.
In Rhode Island, remember that marriage equality didn't pass and then, a few weeks after, civil unions were legalized. But how to be satisfied with this civil union whereas the goal was to obtain the right to marry? Only 9 couples get civil unions in its first month.
The Rhode Island Senate passed the law allowing the civil unions for the gay and lesbian couples there are a few days and the Governor Lincoln Chafee signed it.