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Monday, 04 July 2011 22:03

Rhode Island Passed Civil Unions Bill

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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.

By a vote of 21-16, the senators approved the law despite an important religious opposition.

During the weekend, the Governor Lincoln Chafee signed it. He is actually a supporter of marriage equality and said in a statement following the signature allowing the civil unions:

"This extraordinary exemption eviscerates the important rights that enacting a civil union law was meant to guarantee for same-sex couples in the first place," he said.

But he added that the law "provides a foundation from which we will continue to fight for full marriage equality," as an associated pressassociated press reports.


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