Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox lowers the gavel on the floor of the House Chamber, at the Statehouse, in Providence, R.I., Tuesday, May 3, 2011. Rhode Island lawmakers are working out details ... more 
Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox lowers the gavel on the floor of the House Chamber, at the Statehouse, in Providence, R.I., Tuesday, May 3, 2011. Rhode Island lawmakers are working out details of legislation that would create civil unions and plan to introduce the proposal next week. The new bill comes after Fox declared that gay marriage legislation wouldn't pass the General Assembly this year. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Steven Senne
Tue, May 3, 2011 6:54 PM EDT