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Mixed news for marriage equality after Rhode Island state legislative primaries
Prop 8 Trial Tracker • Sep 12, 2012
In last night's elections, marriage equality supporters gained ground in the House primaries, but flipped only one seat in the Senate primaries, that of Michael Pinga, a two-term Senator who lost to pro-marriage equality challenger Adam Satchell. The most significant Senate primary race took place between Senate Judiciary chairman Michael McCaffrey and openly gay challenger Laura Pisaturo-the Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over any marriage equality bills, and Governor Lincoln Chaffee said that the race was "pivotal" and the election of Pisaturo would send a "broad, broad message across the state." Unfortunately, McCaffrey, who opposes marriage equality, won by a 53-47 percent margin.
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