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Rhode Island became the 10th U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage Thursday, with Gov. Lincoln Chafee signing the measure into law barely an hour after it was passed by the Rhode Island House. The landmark legislation was the culmination of a 16-year campaign by the state's gay-rights campaigners. "Democracy feels good, doesn't it?" said Democratic House Speaker Gordon Fox, himself a gay man.

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