Five lesbian couples applied for marriage licenses in Missippi this week and, as expected, were denied. But they hope the protest will make a difference.
Republican Party chairman Pat Brady says it's time to support the cause.
Rep. Arthur Handy says he will submit the bill in Rhode Island, the only New England state lacking equal marriage rights.
The state Senate comes back into session Wednesday, and the bill is expected to come up sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, Chicago's cardinal urges opposition.