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Rhode Island Senator Proposes Vote For Marriage Ban

Jim Burroway

January 24th, 2013

The Rhode Island House is moments away from beginning debate and a vote on a bill providing marriage equality to same-sex couples. But on the Senate side, a different kind of fight is shaping up, where a Senator is proposing that a referendum be held in 2014 to ban same-sex marriages:

The bill, S0096, introduced Wednesday by Sen. Frank Ciccone (D-Providence, North Providence), would keep in place Rhode Island’s civil unions law for same-sex couples, but would amend the constitution to prohibit same-sex marriages from being recognized. Gov. Lincoln Chafee, an Independent, issued an executive order in 2012 that said the state would recognize legal same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

The bill would land in the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Michael McCaffrey (D-Warwick), who has already signed on as cosponsor. The same committee would also hear the marriage equality bill, which McCaffrey seems uneager to take up: “Obviously, there are more important things than gay marriage to worry about in the state of Rhode Island right now.” Fortunately, Ciccone’s referendum is unlikely to make any headway in the House.