What’s Up With Rhode Island?

Jun 3, 2009 6:20pm

New Hampshire became the sixth state to allow gay marriage today when  Gov. John Lynch sign the legislation into law.

That leaves Rhode Island as the lone New England state not to have legalized same-sex marriage. Why has the movement stalled in Rhode Island? Several reasons,according to the Associated Press, including a stalemate at the Rhode Island Statehouse, a loss in the state's top court and continued opposition from religious leaders.

Religion also remains among the biggest hurdles in heavily Roman Catholic Rhode Island. A recent survey by Trinity College in Connecticut showed 46 percent of Rhode Islanders identify themselves as Roman Catholic, a larger percentage than any other state.

But a recent Brown University poll showed 60 percent of registered voters in the state said they would support a law allowing gay couples to marry, and 75 percent said they would support a law allowing civil unions. Thirty-one percent said they would oppose a gay marriage law.

New Hampshire joins Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Iowa as states establishing same sex marriage laws.

–Troy McMullen

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