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Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee was sworn in yesterday and received cheers and applause as he called on lawmakers to approve a marriage equality bill in his inaugural address:

"I urge the General Assembly to quickly consider and adopt this legislation. When marriage equality is the law in Rhode Island, we honor our forefathers who risked their lives and fortune in the pursuit of human equality. Rhode Island today must be as welcoming to all as [the state's founder] Roger Williams intended it to be. Mark my words, these two actions will do more for economic growth in our state than any economic development loan."

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  1. This is what a Republican used to sound like in the prior to 1980. He left the GOP in 07'to become an Independent and in doing so has maintained his integrity as a public servant. Thank you Mr. Governor!

    Posted by: Dave | Jan 5, 2011 11:12:26 AM


  2. Thank you Governor Chafee! Truer words..

    Posted by: Joel V | Jan 5, 2011 11:33:10 AM


  3. what two actions? (what's the other action?)

    Posted by: me | Jan 5, 2011 12:17:16 PM


  4. The other action he referred to is: "Tomorrow I will rescind the so-called E-verify Executive Order. However well intentioned it may have been, it has caused needless anxiety within our Latino community without demonstrating any progress on illegal immigration….an issue I strongly believe must be solved at the Federal level."

    E-verify relates to the order by the previous governor, Don Carcieri, which required the state and businesses to check the immigration backgrounds of workers using the electronic program E-Verify.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-Verify

    Posted by: james wagner | Jan 5, 2011 12:38:26 PM


  5. I have never been do proud to be Rhode Islander!

    Posted by: Rad | Jan 5, 2011 12:49:18 PM


  6. And I have never been prouder to be a descendent of Roger Williams! I need to move back to the old sod if this passes.

    Posted by: Ted | Jan 5, 2011 1:33:10 PM


  7. Welcome and refreshing honesty on the matter. Hooray for RI couples and for marriage equality overall!

    Posted by: Gianpiero | Jan 5, 2011 2:05:16 PM


  8. Wow, #2 is pretty damn awesome, too. So glad he left the GOP.

    Posted by: Ryan | Jan 5, 2011 2:17:11 PM


  9. I suppose he has evolved.

    Good.

    But he did vote for DOMA in 1996 when he was a senator.

    Posted by: James UK | Jan 5, 2011 2:25:11 PM


  10. Link for the 1996 roll call in the Senate is:

    http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=104&session=2&vote=00280

    Posted by: James UK | Jan 5, 2011 2:27:02 PM


  11. He wasn't in the senate in 96, that was his father.

    Posted by: Tyler | Jan 5, 2011 2:45:35 PM


  12. Tyler is correct.

    Posted by: Greg | Jan 5, 2011 3:44:36 PM


  13. @ TYLER
    You're right.

    I was visiting the sins of the father onto to son.

    I apologise.

    Posted by: James UK | Jan 5, 2011 3:46:27 PM


  14. Also, Linc was the SINGLE Republican to vote against the Iraq war--even Hillary voted for it. He was also one of two Republican senators to vote against the ban on flag burning.

    Linc is a good guy.

    Posted by: Greg | Jan 5, 2011 3:49:59 PM


  15. Chaffee is a good man, sincere & principled. For the first time since moving back to RI 4 years ago, I feel optimistic about Little Rhody.

    Posted by: jeff | Jan 6, 2011 9:45:33 AM


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