Rhode Island's marriage equality bill is dead for the year, the AP reports:
Fox, a Providence Democrat, says he'll instead sponsor civil union legislation giving same-sex couples the same state rights given to married couples.
The announcement deals a major setback to advocates of gay marriage in the Ocean State. They had called civil unions a poor substitute for full marriage.
The story cited opposition from Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed as the bill's major blockade. She supports civil unions.