Rhode Island’s House Judiciary Committee will vote on legislation to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry today (22 January).
The full House of Representatives could take up the bill later in the week if the committee votes to send it to the floor.
The state’s lawmakers, a majority of Democrats, are expected to pass the measure. However gay rights activists say they are less confident about the Senate.
If the bill passes, the proposal would legalize marriage equality as well as recognize the already legal same-sex civil unions as marriages.