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Rhode Island State Sen. President Chief of Staff Tom Coderre, left, speaks with R.I. Sen. Donna Nesselbush, D-Pawtucket, right, on the floor of the Senate Chamber before a vote on a same-sex marriage bill at the Statehouse, in Providence, R.I., Wednesday, April 24, 2013. The bill, of which Nesselbush was the main sponsor, passed. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Copyright 2013, The Associated Press

Coordinated strategy propelled gay marriage in RI

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Phone banks, an army of volunteers and alliances with organized labor, business leaders and religious clergy propelled gay marriage to victory in Rhode Island this week, a savvy and coordinated strategy that relied on growing public support and old-fashioned bare-knuckle politics.


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