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Same-sex marriage: Rhode Island is next, but where after that?

With Rhode Island poised to become the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage following a key vote in the state’s General Assembly scheduled for Thursday, supporters of marriage equality are shifting their focus to other states.

At least six states are actively considering same-sex marriage legislation, three of which could see passage this year.

Elsewhere, the Santa Fe, N.M., city council has passed a controversial resolution recognizing same-sex marriage as legal in New Mexico, citing the fact that state marriage laws are gender-neutral and do not define marriage as between a man and a woman. A statutory list of prohibited marriages also does not list same-sex couples.

N.M. Attorney General Gary King is in the process of coming up with an opinion on the subject.

And the U.S. Supreme Court is currently considering a constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8. While the high courts appears reluctant to strike down gay marriage bans across the country, legal observers predict a ruling that will likely allow same-sex marriages to resume in California more than four years after gays and lesbians first won the right to wed in the state courts and lost it a few months later at the ballot box.

Associated Press contributed to this report.



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