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Marriage equality debate continues around the country

Lawmakers in Rhode Island and Maryland are considering bills to legalize same-sex marriage, and advocates in New York haven’t given up – while opponents are fighting for constitutional bans in Indiana and Wyoming and to re-impose bans in Iowa and New Hampshire.

In NYC, Freedom to Marry announced the launch of what it described as the largest-ever campaign aimed at increasing popular support for same-sex marriage.

Rhode Island has its best chance yet of legalizing marriage equality. New Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I) has been a longtime supporter of legalizing same-sex marriage, and Democratic House Speaker Gordon Fox, who took his post last year and is gay. Democratic Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, however, opposes same-sex marriage.