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What's Your Reaction To The Civil Unions Bill?

With the governor poised to sign into law an historic piece of legislation, we're looking for residents' take on what it will mean for us. Is it fair? Is it right?

Narragansett Patch is looking for your reaction to the civil unions bill that passed the Rhode Island Senate on June 29, just over a month since a similar bill, sponsored by Johnston Rep. Peter Petrarca, cleared the House.

Petrarca's bill gained momentum after a same-sex marriage bill, sponsored by Rep. Frank Ferri of Warwick, who is also the owner of Town Hall Lanes in Johnston, didn't make it out of committee.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee is expected to sign the civil union legislation as early as today.

The bill would allow towns to issue same-sex couples a certificate, much like a marriage license, that provides legal standing for their relationship. It does not require religious institutions to recognize or provide civil union certificates.

(Find the bill, House 6103, at the General Assembly's bill status website. It is also attached as a PDF to this story.)

What do you think? Are civil unions a "step in the right direction," as advocates have said? Or are you opposed to them?

Leave us your comments below.

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