The Rhode Island House of Representatives has passed 2013-H 5015 Sub. A. Same-sex marriage has been approved by the house with according to the House of Representatives’ Facebook page, a margin of 51 to 19.
The Speaker of the House Rep. Gordon Fox had nothing but praise for the passage of the same-sex marriage legislation. He said:
“I am thrilled that the House passed a true equality bill in the spirit of Roger Williams when he founded our state in 1636. This legislation is about codifying the institution of marriage and making our families stronger, and it is ultimately about commitment and love. A large majority of the House members today signaled their respect for the right of the gay community to be married. We are marching toward equality, and on a personal note as an openly gay man, I am tremendously proud of the House of Representatives. Separate can never be equal.”
Today’s voting record lists the final count for the passage of 2013-H 5015 Sub. A, as 51 yes, 19 no and 5 not voting.
Some of the representatives who voted yes
Some of the representatives who voted against
The issue of same-sex marriage will now proceed to the Rhode Island Senate. The legislation faces a harder road towards passage in the Rhode Island Senate.