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Watch: NOM Releases Ad Opposing Same-Sex Marriage in R.I.


The National Organization for Marriage in Rhode Island has released its first ad opposing a marriage equality bill in Rhode Island, which was introduced last week.

The ad misspells Governor Lincoln Chafee's name. Chafee called for marriage equality in his inaugural address.

Providence Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Joseph Tobin attacked the bill and Chafee over the weekend, saying, β€œIt is particularly disturbing that our new governor, who has trumpeted his desire to bring our state together in unity, would adopt such a very divisive agenda item as one of his first priorities. His proposal violates the sincere conscience of many of our citizens and inflames passions on both sides of the issue. … Our state leaders could better serve all Rhode Islanders by working on initiatives that will create jobs and improve the overall economic health of our state.”


UPDATE: The video has been removed β€” to correct the spelling perhaps?

UPDATE II: The clip is back.

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  1. I really should have run their bus off 95 with my truck when I saw it.

    Posted by: Rob | Jan 11, 2011 11:06:54 AM

  2. And, as usual, the bad guys are 20 lengths ahead of us before we've even left the gate.

    Seriously, we all knew this was coming once Chaffee won the election. So why, yet again, are we still stumbling around, trying to figure out who should take the lead, when and how should we start fundraising, who's handling volunteers and outreach, can we get pros to help with advertising, and so on.

    Yet again, I fear, we're probably losing before we've even begun.

    Posted by: K in VA | Jan 11, 2011 11:10:42 AM

  3. Ah, yes, the old Let the People Vote! plea. (The same cry went out, unsuccessfully, in VT, never mind that our state--unlike ME and CA--has no heinous referendum process.) As if the people get to vote directly on all the other bills before the legislature. But of course if a bill addresses gay people and equality, suddenly the people have no voice--as if elections serve no purpose. Perhaps we should just eliminate courts, governors, and legislatures all together, and let the always well-informed electorate give a thumbs up-thumbs down to everyone's civil rights.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 11, 2011 11:13:20 AM

  4. P.S. Andy, I really wish you would use "Marriage Equality" in your headlines/posts rather than "Same-Sex Marriage." Same-sex marriage implies a redefinition of marriage, something separate and different from "Opposite-sex marriage," in line with NOM's bogus claims. Marriage equality implies--correctly--that gay couples should be included in one singular civil institution: Marriage. In states where equality exists, there is no such thing as same-sex marriage. There is marriage. Words matter.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 11, 2011 11:21:34 AM

  5. We live in a republic, not a democracy. You don't get to vote on everything. And you never get to vote on fundamental rights.

    NOM is a bunch of losers on the wrong side of the culture war.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Jan 11, 2011 11:43:57 AM

  6. I just called the numbers they've so thoughtfully supplied us with to express my SUPPORT for marriage equality.

    Posted by: Geoff | Jan 11, 2011 12:48:21 PM

  7. Go to:

    Leave a comment......

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Jan 11, 2011 1:03:48 PM

  8. Follow Geoff's lead, call those numbers today!

    Posted by: candide | Jan 11, 2011 2:36:56 PM

  9. Short. Sweet. Direct to the point.

    Why can we not have sharp media like this?
    We ARE the gays afterall?


    Posted by: pete N sfo | Jan 11, 2011 10:45:22 PM

  10. I find it perfectly normal to be denied this, and those who are gay and get married for sure have mental problems, so foolish pleasures of some sick people should not be considered for approval.

    Posted by: | Jan 14, 2011 11:15:08 AM

  11. Quick! Send Dan Choi to Providence to chain himself to the state capitol!

    Posted by: Career | Jan 14, 2011 4:22:58 PM

  12. What do you expect in the backward USA??? Land of the fundamentalist freaks, home of the brutes! More religious extremists here as a percentage of the population than any Western far!

    Posted by: SW Guy | Feb 16, 2011 3:10:32 AM

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