RI Congressman James Langevin Now Supports Marriage Equality

Rhode Island Congressman James Langevin has reversed his opinion on marriage equality. The Democrat has long supported civil unions for same-sex couples but he has now seen the discrimination and lack of fairness in that view. In an opinion piece in today's Providence Journal, he writes about his new stand on the issue.

Jl From the Journal:

"Americans should be treated equally under the law, I am now convinced that affording full marriage equality rights to same-sex couples is the only fair and responsible approach for both Rhode Island and the nation….During my time as a state representative, I remember talking with my father about pending legislation to prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation, which was highly controversial at the time. While I greatly valued his thoughtful and balanced perspective, my father was certainly no social activist. He was just an ordinary man who had grown up through the civil-rights movement and always believed it was fundamentally unjust to treat people differently because of their race. When I told him I had decided to support the non-discrimination legislation, he expressed his pride in my decision because it showed that I viewed issues of fairness and justice as he did. And he was convinced that, in the same way racial discrimination became a shameful part of our history, one day our nation would look back in disbelief at a time when we denied our fellow citizens basic civil rights based on their sexual orientation. I now believe that day is within our reach."

"As the General Assembly considers this important topic, I ask lawmakers and all Rhode Islanders to honor our state’s founding principles of tolerance and freedom and to support marriage equality in our state. It’s time to do the right thing."

You may recall that just last month Democratic Maryland State Senator James Brochin also changed his mind on where he stands in relation to marriage equality, calling those who were against that state's bill "destructive" and "insulting."


  1. Bill Perdue says

    This little piggy says he’s changed his mind and doesn’t want to be called a bigot any more. And Obama says he’s ‘grappling’.

    Both bigots pretend that their politics have nothing to do with polls. “The new poll finds that about as many adults now favor (45%) as oppose (46%) allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally. Last year opponents outnumbered supporters 48% to 42%. Opposition to same-sex marriage has declined by 19 percentage points since 1996, when 65% opposed gay marriage and only 27% were in favor.” http://people-press.org/report/?pageid=1920

    1996 was the year when Clinton and the Democrats overwhelmingly supported DOMA. Clinton even boasted about signing it.

    Obama on same sex marriage
    1996: “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.”

    1998: “Undecided.” (Candidate poll response.)

    2004: “Strategically, I think we can get civil unions passed. I think that to the extent that we can get the rights, I’m less concerned about the name.”

    2006: “I believe that American society can choose to carve out a special place for the union of a man and a woman as the unit of child rearing most common to every culture. ”

    2007: “If I were advising the civil rights movement back in 1961 about its approach to civil rights, I would have probably said it’s less important that we focus on an anti-miscegenation law than we focus on a voting rights law and a non-discrimination and employment law and all the legal rights that are conferred by the state.”

    2008: For me as a Christian, it is a sacred union. God’s in the mix.” Obama successfully sabotaged same sex marriage in California.

    2010: “He does oppose same-sex marriage, but he supports equality for gay and lesbian couples. He supports civil unions. That’s been his position throughout. So nothing has changed.” (White House adviser David Alexrod responding to the overturn of Prop 8.)

    2011 – grappling with his bigotry while he enforces DOMA.

  2. Jeffrey Dunivant says

    It’s time for the campaign season to start; that’s why people are apprehensive or reversing their stance on the issues of gay marriage. When he runs his course; it will be the same old gay bashing all over again; trust me!

  3. GregV says

    “1996 was the year when Clinton and the Democrats overwhelmingly supported DOMA. Clinton even boasted about signing it.”

    Bill, to blame DOMA on Democats is really a twist of the facts.

    Bill Clinton started out by speaking against DOMA but the anti-gay Republicans were so motivated (after Jerry Falwell sent out the marching orders and the Republicans turned it into a campaign issue) that eventually, to Clinton’s discredit, he gave in and gave them what they wanted. Some other Democrats, again to their discredit, voted yes just to move on.

    In the House, 60% of Dems voted for it and 33% voted against it. Only ONE Republican voted against it!
    In the Senate, 68% of Dems voted for it and 30% voted against it. And ONE HUNDRED PERCENT of Republicans voted for it!

    So in the House and Senate, we had 78 Democrats and 1 (yes ONE!) Republican on our side.

    Clinton said in 2009: “”We were attempting at the time, in a very reactionary Congress, to head off an attempt to send a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage to the states… I didn’t like signing DOMA and I certainly didn’t like the constraints that were put on benefits…”

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