Same-sex marriage rally planned as civil unions mulled


Supporters of legalizing same-sex marriage in Rhode Island are planning a State House rally to protest the decision by Democratic House Speaker Gordon Fox to introduce a bill to legalize civil unions instead.

Fox last week announced he was abandoning a push to pass gay marriage legislation this year. Fox, who is gay, said the legislation has “no realistic chance” of passing the General Assembly this year.

Gay marriage supporters Marriage Equality Rhode Island say civil unions would not provide the same rights as marriage. They plan to gather at the State House at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to protest what they call a backroom deal with the Senate.

The Senate was seen as the stumbling block for passage of a gay marriage bill. 

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