R.I. nears approval of gay marriage; would be 10th state to do so

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Nevada voters have twice approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. If the amendment passes the Nevada legislature this year, it must do so again before it can go before voters in 2016.

In Illinois, gay-marriage supporters thought they might be celebrating a full victory by now, but the measure to legalize gay marriage appears stalled in the Illinois state House.

Illinois senators passed a gay-marriage bill on Valentine’s Day and, with the full support of virtually all state officials, sought to bring the bill quickly through the state Senate. But opposition — especially from black pastors, Catholics and traditional-values groups in the state — blocked an easy vote in the House.

Efforts to approve gay marriage also stalled in Hawaii’s legislature this year.

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue rulings in two gay-marriage cases, and lawmakers in some states said they would take a break from the issue this year to see what the high court says.

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Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein covers family and social issues as a national reporter for The Washington Times. She has been a reporter for three decades, working in New York City and Washington, D.C. Since joining The Washington Times in 1985, she has been a features writer, environmental and consumer affairs reporter, and assistant business editor.

Beginning in 1994, Mrs. Wetzstein worked exclusively ...

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