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Rhode Island Senate President Says She Has 'No Idea' if Marriage Equality Will Pass, is Listening to Both Sides: VIDEO


Rhode Island's WJAR spoke with Rhode Island Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed about the chances for marriage equality to pass. Paiva Weed says she has no idea:

"There are a number of folks in the Senate that would vote for that marriage equality bill that Sen. (Donna) Nesselbush has filed that mirrors Leader (Gordon) Fox's legislation. There's another group that wouldn't vote for any marriage equality bill. There's some folks that would support a referendum and support marriage equality. There are other folks that would support a referendum and would vote against marriage equality. And there's another group that might support marriage equality if the religious exemption was more expansive than it was in the House."

Asked if she supports it personally, she dodged: "I think as the leader of the chamber my responsibility today is to speak to the chamber's position, and there will be a meaningful debate..."

She also added, "I'm listening to everyone on both sides."


Marriage Equality passed Rhode Island's House last week in an overwhelming 51-19 vote.

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  1. Paiva Weed is a DINO - Democrat In Name Only.

    Posted by: 99% | Jan 28, 2013 10:06:31 AM

  2. She doesn't support gay rights. It's why she has done everything she could to block such bills in the past

    Posted by: Steve | Jan 28, 2013 10:14:34 AM

  3. Rhode Island is such a f'd up state. The State Senate has a 32-5 Dem majority and people are not certain SSM will pass. All three Dem leaders in the Senate are anti-SSM. There was a bill introduced wanting to define marriage as between a man and a woman - introduced by a Democrat. Pathetic. What I don't get is that the Assembly overwhelmingly voted for SSM. Why is the Democratic Assembly so much more liberal than the Democratic Senate?

    Posted by: KT | Jan 28, 2013 10:14:38 AM

  4. The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations; this is the official name for R.I. ... it's on all official correspondence, letterhead, etc.

    It'll pass, although yeah, she is a DINO.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 28, 2013 10:20:44 AM

  5. Once again, media is so lame. How about a follow question; Do you not support equality under law for gay couples & their children?

    So simple.

    Democratic party needs to lean on these folks. The Prez just made it a national issue & they shouldn't be undermining his efforts or the party platform.

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Jan 28, 2013 10:32:25 AM

  6. "I'm listening to everyone on both sides." = I'll vote against marriage equality but I can't be open about it because it would highlight the fact that the RI Senate Dem leaders are a bunch of homophobic bigots and DINOS.

    Posted by: Peter M. | Jan 28, 2013 11:27:52 AM

  7. What is the major Rhode Island gay rights group, and what are they doing?

    Posted by: Jake | Jan 28, 2013 1:09:43 PM

  8. Primary her and vote her out.
    Vote Republican against her....let her go she's not needed.

    Posted by: MCnNYC | Jan 28, 2013 1:53:00 PM

  9. I like the way she used the phrase "marriage equality" again and again and again.

    Posted by: Glenn I | Jan 28, 2013 3:34:15 PM

  10. Either Rhode Island LGBT aren't doing enough in that state or Rhode Island is the Arkansas of new england....this is shameful!

    Posted by: Jordan | Jan 29, 2013 3:10:43 AM

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