Wednesday, March 3, 2010

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Three major candidates running for governor of Rhode Island are promising to sign a bill allowing gay marriage if elected.

General Treasurer Frank Caprio and Attorney General Patrick Lynch, both Democrats, and former U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee, who is running in November as an independent, will make the pledge at a Statehouse rally on Wednesday.

Moderate Party candidate Ken Block also supports gay marriage but cannot attend the rally organized by Marriage Equality Rhode Island. A spokeswoman for Mr. Block said the party’s executive director will be there to represent him.

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Rhode Island is the only New England state besides Maine that does not recognize same-sex marriage.

Gov. Donald L. Carcieri, a Republican, strongly opposes gay marriage. By law, he must leave office after finishing his second term in January.

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