UPDATED: Fox on Newsmakers: Gay Marriage vote in 2013

Gordon Fox said, today, in a taping of WPRI-TV's Newsmakers that he will bring gay marriage up for a vote early in the 2013 legislative session.

Advocates always thought they could win in the House. And while victory was far from assured in the Senate, where Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed has been opposed, partisans argued that House passage was a necessary pre-condition to building the case in the Senate - to forcing that chamber to engage the issue in a real way.

Now, it appears, advocates may get their chance in the Senate. And with rising public support for gay marriage, it will be hard for the leadership in the upper chamber to resist.

Still, the Catholic Church proved a powerful force in killing the last gay marriage push. And it should not be taken lightly.

UPDATE: And Marriage Equality Rhode Island, as if on cue, releases this statement:

Marriage Equality Rhode Island Campaign Director Ray Sullivan released the following statement today regarding House Speaker Gordon Fox's commitment to call a vote on the marriage equality legislation early in the next General Assembly session:

"We appreciate Speaker Fox's commitment to finally calling a vote on marriage equality and look forward to working with him to pass this important civil rights legislation early in the next session. Under Speaker Fox and Gov. Chafee's leadership, all eyes will turn to the Senate, where there is a wide coalition working to ensure that a pro-equality majority is elected.

"Every day, we strive to make 2013 the year in which all loving, committed couples are finally recognized, respected and treated equally under the law."


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