Teresa Paiva-Weed, president of the Rhode Island, has announced that the Senate Judiciary Committee would hold a vote on marriage equality in 2013, if the House passes a same-sex marriage bill, as they are expected to.
Don’t get too excited—Paiva-Weed opposes same-sex marriage. But at least we’ll have our day in the statehouse.
The senator indicated she preferred to see the question of equal marriage decided by lawmakers but did not rule out a public referendum, according to the Providence Journal.
“Today’s news is another positive step in the right direction,” said Marriage Equality Rhode Island‘s Ray Sullivan. “But we won’t stop until the work of winning equal rights and recognition under the law for all loving, committed couples is complete, with legislation signed into law by Governor Chafee.”