How Primary Challenges Led to Gay Marriage in Rhode Island

Gay-marriage supporters aren't winning legislative victories just by changing minds. They're also convincing opponents they might as well give up.

Today, Rhode Island's state Senate will vote on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. The bill has already passed the House of Representatives and is widely expected to pass the Senate, after which it will go to Governor Lincoln Chafee, who supports the bill, for signature. Same-sex marriage is coming to Rhode Island. And it's coming despite the fact that the president, majority leader and Judiciary Committee chairman in Rhode Island's state Senate all oppose same-sex marriage and could have stopped it from coming to a vote.

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