1. The Rhode Island Senate passed a same-sex marriage bill on Wednesday, April 24th.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee, an independent, pledged to sign the bill immediately following its final passage.
The first weddings could take place Aug. 1, when the new law would take effect.
Speaker Fox @repgordonfox wiping away tears as seession is about to begin. What a day, after 20 years #ri4m— Matt McDermott
“Democracy, though it may take a long time, does work. That is the message for the day.” — RI House Speaker Gordon Fox #ssm— maria caporizzo
Signing the bill: