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** FILE ** Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon D. Fox (center), Providence Democrat, speaks with fellow lawmakers during a session in the House chamber at the Statehouse in Providence, R.I., on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011. Mr. Fox, who is gay, is a co-sponsor of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the state. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

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