1. Smartypants says

    It’s imperfect, but it’s a step forward – ten years ago we would have been thrilled by this. They’ll have full marriage in Rhode Island within five years.

  2. says

    Unhappy is a good word for it, but if civil unions pass, I think they’ll get full marriage equality within 5 years. The people of RI are for marriage equality, even if the risk-adverse senate is still too terrified to pick up on the issue. Another few years of changes, with more people exposed to a greater degree on the issue, and they won’t be able to say no any longer.

  3. Brian in Texas says

    Civil Unions seem so 2002 to me, although sadly more states have constitutional amendments banning same sex marriage than do permit civil unions today.

  4. I'm God says

    Heterosexists would never compromise with their opposition if a minority of people supported same-sex marriage. That’s why they passed Constitutional amendments banning marriage equality in 30-some states.

    About 60% of Rhode Islanders support same-sex marriage, so why the hell isn’t this getting passed? Apply political pressure (NY unseated 3 anti-equality reps last election cycle) or take it to the ballot boxes. Either way, stop making concessions to Christianists. The civil unions bill is unconstitutional and only delays real equality.

  5. ratbastard says

    Who are these ‘be holy’ guys? I’m in New England and I can tell you categorically there is no strong, organized anti-gay attitude among people here. And religious extremist are very rare here. The vast majority of Catholics and Protestants are not extremist or evangelical. Many people are non-religious. New England is the least religious region of the U.S. And regardless what some Catholic national groups say or what some official church teachings are, by far most Catholics [who even bother to go to church] ignore the stupid stuff. Catholics statistically in the U.S. are more ‘progressive’ than Protestants, even supporting abortion rights at higher rates than Protestants. We also have a large Jewish population here. It’s far removed from the bible belt mentality here. So I wonder if national anti-gay religious organizations [evangelical Protestant mostly, but there are a few similar Catholics, even Jews, and of course Muslims] are behind protests here.

  6. AJ says

    Wow, Andy! Bad pic! Why show a pic of the dour protestors? This is (in a roundabout Jim Crow way) sort of a good thing. Don’t show smug a55 protestors! It was like a slap in the face!

  7. Ken says

    The Rhode Island Democrats flat out lied us. There is no way we should have lost this in a state where 60% support marriage equality. Yes, civil unions in THIS state is a HUGE LOSS for us. I hope we see some primary challanges for Democrats who withdrew their support. And who ever is in charge of the LGBT lobbying organization in Rhode Island has got to be the most incompetent person ever to work for our side. He or she needs to be fired and never allowed to work on any civil rights cause again.

  8. Skep says

    Blame that gay traitor Gordon Fox, for selling out the community. He’s protecting moderate Dems who don’t want to vote for marriage. He chose them over the gay community.

  9. brent says

    This “compromise” is a slap in the face and should be opposed. It is a cynical device for democrats to forget about this issue.

  10. walter says

    who wants to bet the one in the black shirt is a priest and took off his collar to try and make it like the church wasn’t involved.

  11. Randy says

    Before I saw that photo, I had a different opinion.

    But anything that will put those pouty-faces on NOMs supporters has got to be a good thing. It might be only half a good thing, but I think it’s worth it, just for that photo.

    How can you not smile, looking at it? They came to deny your families equal rights. And they did make them second class. But they didn’t keep them in cargo. They know this inevitably opens the door to same-sex marriage in yet another state. Just look at those expressions! Confusion, frustration, fatigue, defeat. They’re realizing that maybe they really can’t stomp love out, and that they’ve already won everything they’re going to win.

    Let’s enjoy this. More will be coming.

  12. Rin says

    This is from (and note the “..and the public part”):

    ‚ÄúIt may come as a surprise to many that rank and file Catholics are more supportive of rights for gays and lesbians than other Christians and the public,‚ÄĚ said Dr. Robert P. Jones, CEO of Public Religion Research Institute. ‚ÄúBut the best data available paints this consistent portrait across a range of issues, including same-sex marriage, workplace non-discrimination, open military service, and adoption rights for gay and lesbian couples.‚ÄĚ

    Among the key findings:

    Nearly three-quarters of Catholics favor either allowing gay and lesbian people to marry (43%) or allowing them to form civil unions (31%). Only 22% of Catholics say there should be no legal recognition of a gay couple’s relationship.

    Nearly three-quarters (73%) of Catholics favor laws that would protect gay and lesbian people against discrimination in the workplace; 63% of Catholics favor allowing gay and lesbian people to serve openly in the military; and 6-in-10 (60%) Catholics favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to adopt children.

    Less than 4-in-10 Catholics give their own church top marks (a grade of an A or a B) on its handing of the issue of homosexuality; majorities of members of most other religious groups give their churches high marks.

  13. TruthSeeker_Too says

    The Rhode Island traitor is Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed (D-Roman Catholic). Her Roman Catholic “faith” forces her to oppose marriage equality and she would NOT advance Fox’s bill.

  14. Russell says

    The bibs picture reminded me of the finalists in the blue ribbon swine competition at our state fair, except swine don’t get that mean look in their eyes.

  15. Jim says

    I’m sorry to have to say this… and I don’t mean to insult any other good people… but look at these men… they are the “face” of this hatred: old, fat, lifeless, and bitter. I have always said, all my life, that I did not want to become like them. I’m glad that I am NOT! “Be Holy: LOVE each other!”

  16. TonyJ says

    I would personally vote against civil unions, as they are more appropriate for more backward states.

    Please, Rhode Island: no civil unions, yes civil marriage….

    Why do anything else?

  17. mcNnyc says

    This is Speaker Fox’s deal he cut for his job so RI Democrats don’t have to vote on marriage equality exposing them to the powerful Vatican Catholic Church AND dry up needed gay/progressive campaign dollars.

    If the RI citizens are comfortable with their second class status it is for them to accept but no one deserves praise for it’s cowardly passage especially Mr. Fox.