East Providence, R.I.

City Council endorses gay marriage

The East Providence City Council is endorsing legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island. The council voted 5-0 Tuesday in favor of a resolution supporting the gay marriage bills that are now being debated at the State House. The Providence Journal reported that nearly 100 people attended the meeting and a majority of the nearly two dozen people who spoke opposed the resolution, mostly on religious grounds. The council voted on the measure

without discussion. The 90-minute public comment period became contentious at times, prompting a security guard to order hecklers to be quiet.