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Chafee would veto gay marriage referendum proposal

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Dee DeQuattro

ddequattro@abc6.com

In the first weeks of the General Assembly the gay marriage debate has been taking center stage.

For the first time Senate President Teresa-Paiva Weed says she will let gay marriage have a vote on the Senate floor and House Speaker Gordon Fox expects a hearing on the bill as early as next week.

Meanwhile, those who oppose gay marriage, including Bishop Thomas Tobin of the Rhode Island Catholic Diocese have suggested that gay marriage be decided by the voters in a ballot referendum.

On Thursday afternoon Governor Chafee pulled the plug on the referendum proposal suggesting that if a bill calling for a gay marriage referendum passed the General Assembly he would be likely to veto it.

When asked by ABC's Mark Curtis why he would veto, Chafee said lawmakers are elected to make decisions for the people they represent and he feels that gay marriage is an issue they should decide.

During his time in office Chafee has been a strong advocate of gay rights and same-sexed marriage.

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