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RI gov hopefuls publicly back gay marriage

By Ray Henry
Associated Press Writer / March 3, 2010

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

General Treasurer Frank Caprio and Attorney General Patrick Lynch, both Democrats, and former Sen. Lincoln Chafee, who is running in November as an independent, made the pledge at a Statehouse rally on Wednesday before more than 200 people.

Moderate Party candicate Ken Block said through a spokeswoman that he also supports gay marriage.

Proponents of gay marriage believe the state is closer to approving the measure since Republican Gov. Don Carcieri (kuh-CHEHR'-ee), a social conservative and gay marriage opponent, can't run again because of term limits.

In addition, state lawmakers recently elected Rep. Gordon Fox, who is openly gay, as House Speaker.

The rally was organized by Marriage Equality Rhode Island.