May 03, 2013
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Julie Smith (left) and Lise Iwon celebrated after a gay marriage bill passed a vote in the Rhode Island House.
Bizuayehu Tesfaye/AP Images for Human Rights Campaign
Other supporters of the bill showed their approval of the vote.
House Speaker Gordon Fox (right) embraced his partner, Marcus LaFond, after the bill was passed.
From left: Dawn Euar, Bill Fischer, and Devin Driscoll from Rhode Islanders United for Marriage clasped hands after the House approved the bill.
Governor Lincoln Chafee signed the bill into law, making Rhode Island the final state in New England to approve gay marriage.
Fox (left) was kissed by state Representative Frank Ferri after the governor signed the bill.
Chafee held up the Marriage Equality Act after signing it into law. Rhode Island is now also the 10th state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage.
The governor (right) was thanked by supporters after the signing as people gathered to celebrate at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel in Providence.