After years of often-contentious debate, state lawmakers are on the verge of approving legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry in Rhode Island.
The state Senate last week approved allowing such marriages as soon as August 1. The House earlier this year passed similar legislation.
The House is expected to take up the Senate version of the bill this week. Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee has already signaled his general support for same-sex marriage.
Some supporters see allowing same-sex marriage as a potential economic boon, particularly to related businesses, in Rhode Island and there is evidence to support that in other states.
Others see it as a social issue unlikely to have a measurable impact on business in the state.
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