Rhode Island’s governor says that he wants lawmakers to pass same-sex marriage legislation and that he would be inclined to veto any attempt to place it on a ballot as a referendum. Governor Lincoln Chafee said Thursday that lawmakers owe it to voters to decide themselves. The House of Representatives is expected to vote within weeks on legislation that would allow gay and lesbian couples to wed. But some opponents have voiced support for alternative legislation that would put the question before voters. Rhode Island is now the only state in New England without gay marriage.