On May 2, Rhode Island became the 10th state to permit same-sex marriage. The House approved the bill by 56-15 (the RI Senate approved the bill on April 24 by a 26-12 vote), and the governor signed it the same day. Same-sex marriages will be legal starting August 1, 2013.
Rhode Island had just approved civil unions two years ago, and now the new law will replace these civil unions with marriage. The Fox News article noted that “few couples” sought civil unions. I wonder why they think many more will seek marriage. What people fail to understand is that most gays do not want marriage. What they want is social acceptance of their orientation and behavior, and permitting same-sex couples to partake of the institution of marriage is one of the best ways to accomplish this.