April 10, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Marriage vote expected in R.I. Senate
Rhode Island Senate, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, gay news, Washington Blade

Rhode Island Senate President M. Teresa Paiva-Weed (Photo courtesy of Paiva-Weed’s office)

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Rhode Island Senate President M. Teresa Paiva-Weed told the Providence Journal on April 8 she expects her chamber will vote on a same-sex marriage bill by the end of the month.

“I feel very confident that the issue will be fully debated on the floor of the Senate at some point in April,” she said.

Paiva-Weed’s comments come on the heels of the March 21 hearing on the measure that took place in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The state House of Representatives in January overwhelmingly approved it.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee has said he will sign into law if it passes in the Senate.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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