RI Senate leader plays key role in marriage debate
In this Tuesday, March 19, 2013 photo Rhode Island Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed lowers the gavel at the rostrum in the Senate Chamber at the Statehouse, in Providence, R.I. Paiva Weed said she intends to vote against gay marriage legislation in the Rhode Island Senate Wednesday. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 12:00 am
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - If Rhode Island joins the rest of New England in allowing gay and lesbian couples to wed, it will be because a formidable opponent, Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, moved out of the way.
The state's first female Senate leader, Paiva Weed has long been the most visible obstacle to gay marriage in Rhode Island. Those behind an aggressive campaign to pass marriage legislation this year worried she would let the bill languish in committee or kick the question to the voters as a ballot referendum.
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