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RI lawmakers mull proposal to allow gay divorce

May 2, 2012
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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—State lawmakers in Rhode Island are examining a proposal to allow same-sex couples married in other states to divorce in Rhode Island.

The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the measure Wednesday.

Rhode Island does not recognize same-sex marriage, and it does not allow resident gay couples married in states like Massachusetts to file for divorce.

Supporters of the legislation say the state shouldn't force same-sex couples to leave the state to divorce. But opponents of gay marriage say the state can't grant a divorce if it doesn't recognize the marriage.

The committee is also scheduled to review legislation that would authorize same-sex couples to marry in Rhode Island. Similar legislation failed last year. Lawmakers voted instead to allow gay couples to enter into civil unions.

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