Rhode Island Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed said last week she does not support the marriage equality bill that passed in the state House, but promised a fair debate on the Senate version of the bill. Some senators could support the measure if language concerning religious exemptions were strengthened, Paiva Weed said, noting that she has "no idea" if the bill will pass. Roman Catholic Church leaders are lobbying against upgrading the state’s civil unions law to allow same-sex couples to marry, Paiva Weed said.

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