RI: In compromise, civil unions approved

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June 30, 2011
The New York Times    
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"Less than a week after same-sex marriage was legalized in New York, the Rhode Island State Senate approved a bill last night allowing not marriage, but civil unions for gay couples, despite fierce opposition from gay-rights advocates who called the legislation discriminatory. The bill, which already passed in the state’s House of Representatives and which the governor said he was likely to sign, would grant same-sex couples most of the rights and benefits that Rhode Island provides married couples. It was offered as a compromise this spring after Gordon D. Fox, the openly gay speaker of the Democratc-controlled House, said he could not muster enough votes to pass a same-sex marriage bill." (06/30/11)

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