Rhode Island is now the 10th state to legalize gay marriage. Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed the bill on the steps of the State House Thursday.
Chafee seemed to equate gay marriage with religious freedom, when he said the law giving homosexuals the right to marry lives up to the ideals on which the state was founded.
Speaking from the Stateouse steps, Chafee referred to the state's charter of 1663:
"I said when marriage equality is the law in Rhode Island, we honor our forefathers who risked their lives and fortune in pursuit of human equality," he said. "I believe those words just as much today as I did then and now I'm proud and humbled to make marriage equality act the law of the land in Rhode Island."
Rhode Island's state charter is heralded as the first ever to grant citizens religious freedom.
The charter also says its founders were dedicated to "edifying themselves, and one another in the holy Christian faith and worship."