The excitement is palpable in Rhode Island tonight as marriage equality advocates look towards Thursday, when Gov. Lincoln Chafee will sign the marriage equality bill into law.
Gov. Chafee just tweeted this invitation to those who wish to witness the birth of the 10th marriage equality state:
All are welcome to attend Thursday’s planned #MarriageEquality signing ceremony. 5:45 PM, South Steps of the State House @RIUnited #RI4m
The governor will sign the bill after the House votes on Thursday to pass the slightly altered version of the bill that the Senate passed last week with a strongly bipartisan, overwhelming majority of 26-12. The House passed the original version of the bill in late January with a 51-19 vote.
Marriages can begin August 1st.
In addition to Rhode Island, marriage equality has been realized in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Washington, Maryland, Maine, as well as in the District of Columbia and 3 tribal jurisdictions.