C. Kelly Smith, of Providence, R.I., center, a member of Marriage Equality Rhode Island, hugs fellow member Wendy Becker, left, also of Providence, after a house committee vote on gay marriage at the Statehouse, in Providence, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. The House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously Tuesday to forward legislation to the House that would allow R.I. gay and lesbian couples to marry. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)