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  Rhode Island Senate passes bill allowing same-sex civil unions; governor says he’ll sign
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Last EditedHomegrown Democrat  Jun 29, 2011 07:33pm
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MediaNewspaper - Washington Post
News DateWednesday, June 29, 2011 11:25:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionPROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Rhode Island Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that would allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, a measure that Gov. Lincoln Chafee says he’s inclined to sign.

State senators voted 21-16 to endorse the bill, about two hours after it was voted out of committee. The legislation, which already has passed the state House, allows gay couples to enter into civil unions that offer the same rights and benefits given to married couples under Rhode Island law.

It is now headed to Chafee’s desk for his signature. Ahead of the vote, the governor called the legislation an “incremental step” toward allowing gay marriage, which he supports.
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