Among the many bills that will apparently fizzle as the General Assembly stumbles to its chaotic conclusion: a push to legalize same-sex marriage.
Legislators had predicted, for months, that the bill would sputter. House Speaker William J. Murphy and Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed are opposed, as is Governor Carcieri.
But the high profile rush of events in recent months - state legislatures in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire approved same-sex marriage bills and the Iowa high court backed gay nuptials - created a sense of momentum that, some hoped, would defy Rhode Island's peculiar political logic.
The concern, now, is that the energy around this issue will fade by the time the legislature convenes again. And Rhode Island will, for some time, remain the only state in New England that does not allow gay marriage.