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Rhode Island state Sen. Donna Nesselbush sponsored the same-sex marriage bill, which passed the Senate on Wednesday by a 26-12 margin. (AP Photo/Stephen Senne)
Rhode Island state Sen. Donna Nesselbush sponsored the same-sex marriage bill, which passed the Senate on Wednesday by a 26-12 margin. (AP Photo/Stephen Senne)

The Rhode Island state Senate voted decisively yesterday evening to pass legislation allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry in the Ocean State. Once passed by the House and signed by Governor Lincoln Chaffee, it will make Rhode Island the last state in New England to allow same sex marriage.

Senator Donna Nesselbush, who's openly gay, sponsored the bill and embraced the vote as she spoke on the Senate floor last night:

"To each and every Senator in this room, the eyes of the nation are upon us and we are poised to become the tenth state in the nation to join the force for equality that is sweeping our great nation."

The vote — a historic one for the Ocean State — comes just a few weeks after the bill looked as though it was doomed.

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Scott Mackay, political analyst at Rhode Island Public Radio

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WBUR "Even a few weeks ago, it wasn’t clear that same-sex marriage would become law in the Ocean State."

This segment aired on April 25, 2013.

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