The Rhode Island state Senate voted 26-12 to approve marriage equality, which puts the state on track to be the tenth to allow marriage for same-sex couples. Because the state Senate revised the bill, it must again pass the state Assembly in which it passed by an 51-19 vote earlier this year.
"This victory would not have been possible without the hard work of Rhode Island's marriage advocates, and the voices of the couples and families truly impacted by today's passage," said GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz. "A strong majority of our nation now supports marriage equality, and as Americans continue to hear the stories of loving and committed same-sex couples who want to marry, that number will continue to grow."
The Rhode Island House will likely vote again on the bill early next week.