5 RI mayors join push for same sex-marriage bill

Five Rhode Island mayors are calling on state lawmakers to pass same sex marriage legislation.

Angel Taveras of Providence, Donald Grebien of Pawtucket, Daniel McKee of Cumberland and James Diossa of Central Falls announced their support for the bill Monday at Providence City Hall.

"For me it's about being fair. It's about love. It's about recognizing equality," Taveras said.

"When somebody comes to my town hall, we don't ask where they're going to get married. To me, it's a division of church and state issue," McKee said.

Scott Avedisian of Warwick has also endorsed gay marriage but could not attend Monday's event.

The bill to legalize gay marriage has passed the Rhode Island House, but its fate remains unclear in the Senate, where a vote has yet to be scheduled.

The Senate Judiciary Committee last week held a marathon hearing on the legislation where 650 supporters and opponents signed up to speak.

Rhode Island is the only New England state that doesn't allow same-sex couples to wed.

NBC 10 contributed to this report.