PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- Two state lawmakers formally introduced bills Thursday afternoon to legalize gay marriage in Rhode Island.
The House bill's sponsor, Rep. Arthur Handy, said that he's confident it will pass this time around.
"We are long overdue. Rhode Island, the colony founded on the principle of personal liberty, is now the only New England state that doesn't allow same-gender couples equal marriage," he said in a statement. "Rhode Islanders recognize that same-gender couples deserve the rights and responsibilities that other couples already enjoy, and support has been getting wider every year."
Back in April 2011, House Speaker Gordon Fox elected to not move forward with gay marriage legislation, as he didn't believe it would pass during that year's session. He instead opted to back the civil unions legislation, which was
signed into a law in July of 2011.