In case you missed it, New Hampshire became the fifth state in New England to approve gay marriage yesterday, making Rhode Island the only state in the region that hasn't taken the step.
Rhody has always had an independent streak. But at some point, the state has to take account of what's happening beyond its borders. Or does it?
In The Rhode Island Catholic newspaper: an extraordinary effort by the church and the state's leading anti-gay marriage group, the National Organization for Marriage - Rhode Island, to distance themselves from the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church, which plans to demonstrate in Rhode Island this weekend.
The group has spewed hatred against gays, Jews and Catholics.
A new poll from Brown University's Taubman Center for Public Policy shows strong support for same-sex marriage in Rhode Island, with 60 percent of respondents backing gay nuptials and 31 percent opposed. An even larger majority, 75 percent, would back a civil unions bill.
The results come after a burst of activity on the gay marriage front.
Updating a post from earlier today, Maine Gov. John Baldacci, a Democrat, signed a same-sex marriage bill into law today, making Maine the fifth state in the country to allow gay nuptials.
That leaves just two New England states - New Hampshire and Rhode Island - without a gay marriage law. And New Hampshire's governor should have the opportunity to pull his state of that short list in a matter of days - or even hours - with same-sex marriage legislation working its way to his desk.
Rhode Island's foot-dragging on same-sex marriage is all the more pronounced today as Maine's state Senate prepares to approve a bill that would legalize gay nuptials in Vacationland.
The New Hampshire legislature is also close to approving a same-sex marriage bill. And both states are waiting to see if Democratic governors, who have opposed gay marriage in the past but signaled they may be reconsidering, will sign the legislation.
Providence Bishop Thomas J. Tobin is warning believers, in his latest column for Rhode Island Catholic, that same-sex marriage could soon be a reality here if the faithful keep up with their "abysmal apathy" around the issue.
Tobin pulls no punches in the piece, writing that "homosexual activity is unnatural and gravely immoral" and arguing that "those who seek to redefine marriage - with its specific characteristics - and to usurp the title 'marriage' for their morally bankrupt relationships, are committing an act of fraud."