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Same-sex marriage a hot issue in the race for governor

Three gubernatorial candidates — former U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee '75, Attorney General Patrick Lynch '87 and General Treasurer Frank Caprio — planned to declare their support of a same-sex marriage bill at the Marriage Equality Rhode Island rally set for Wednesday at the State House until it was postponed until March 3 due to poor weather conditions.

Current Gov. Donald Carcieri '65, meanwhile, has vowed to veto any such bill.
But a bill providing for same-sex marriage has never passed through either the House or Senate Judiciary Committees for a vote in the past 13 years, according to an article in Edge Boston.

Chafee plans to run as an independent, while Lynch and Caprio will compete in the Democratic primary.

Margie O'Brien, a spokeswoman for Caprio's campaign, said the candidate's declaration would not affect his electability. 

"This is something that has been very public for a while. People who support him would also support that decision," she said.

According to Marriage Equality Rhode Island's Web site, 49 percent of Rhode Island voters favored marriage rights for same-sex couples in a 2008 telephone poll, up four points from 2006.


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