PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island is poised to become the nation's 10th state to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.
The House Judiciary Committee voted Tuesday to send the bill to the full House for a final vote on Thursday.
The Senate approved the bill last week by a comfortable margin and the House passed it in January. It must return to the House because the Senate made small changes to the bill to ensure religious-based organizations like the Knights of Columbus wouldn't face lawsuits if they declined to provide space for same-sex weddings.
Supporters and opponents expect the bill to easily pass a second time.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee says he will sign the bill into law.