Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee wasn’t messing around when he called for same-sex marriage equality in his kick-off speech. Lawmakers there are reintroducing a bill in the State House to do just that, led by Rep. Arthur Handy. Counters fellow Democrat Rep. Jon Brien: Fine, but I’m going to introduce a bill sending the issue to voters. Either way, this is certainly a far cry from where we were just a few months ago, with then-Gov. Don Carcieri lending his name to anti-gay events and promising gays would remain second-class under his watch. But Rhode Island’s House has introduced a gay marriage bill every year since 1997; it’s never come up for a vote.