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Rhode Island House Panel Advances Marriage Equality Bill in Unanimous 11-0 Vote

The Rhode Island House of Representatives has voted 11-0 to send a marriage equality bill to the full House, which could vote on it as early as Thursday.

RiIt is expected to pass the full House but faces a tougher battle in the Senate.

Governor Lincoln Chafee released a statement:

I am pleased that, with the House Judiciary Committee’s vote this afternoon, Rhode Island has taken another significant step forward toward marriage equality.

As I noted in my State of the State Address last week, there are a number of reasons why we should bring marriage equality to Rhode Island this year. It is a civil rights issue, it is an issue of basic fairness, and it is an economic development issue. We are at an economic disadvantage with our neighboring states when we do not ‘have the welcome mat out’ for all those who want to work here and contribute to our economy. Rhode Island already lags behind all of our New England neighbors on this issue; we should swiftly remedy that for the good of our economy and the rights of our citizens.

With this afternoon’s vote, we are one step closer to the day when gay and lesbian Rhode Islanders can enjoy the same fundamental rights, benefits, and privileges as all other citizens of our state. It is my hope that that day will come soon. I urge the leaders of the House and Senate to call the roll, and I will be proud to sign this important legislation when it reaches my desk.

It's time for all Rhode Islanders to contact your lawmakers....

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  1. Does this mean Quahog Mayor Adam West will be able to put the solid gold Dig 'Em statue back up? (Image in link)

    Posted by: Andrew | Jan 22, 2013 5:26:35 PM


  2. LOL Andrew!

    Posted by: BETTY | Jan 22, 2013 5:49:37 PM


  3. Wait, I'm confused -- so did the R.I. House of Representatives pass the bill, or a committee in the House?

    The post states: "The Rhode Island House of Representatives has voted 11-0 to send a marriage equality bill to the full House, which could vote on it as early as Thursday."

    Posted by: Mark | Jan 22, 2013 5:56:49 PM


  4. Ok -- so it was the House Judiciary Committee that voted to pass the bill. Well, that's a start -- and the prospects look good that the state's governor is supporting the measure.

    Posted by: Mark | Jan 22, 2013 5:59:43 PM


  5. You always post this picture of our state when you do a story on Rhode Island. It's stretched out and makes our state look fat!

    Posted by: Bill S. | Jan 22, 2013 6:29:27 PM


  6. the challenge will be in the state senate

    Posted by: Jake | Jan 22, 2013 6:29:52 PM


  7. My friends in Providence will be pleased.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jan 22, 2013 6:50:33 PM


  8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ig2daWp-Pls

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jan 22, 2013 7:15:41 PM


  9. The RI senate is more than 80% Democrats yet there is no confidence in getting 50% of the votes .. ?

    Posted by: MalaysianHo | Jan 22, 2013 8:07:01 PM


  10. "You always post this picture of our state when you do a story on Rhode Island. It's stretched out and makes our state look fat!"

    And that's why Rhode Island is so seldom featured on TV or in movies. The camera always adds ten pounds!

    Posted by: Mary | Jan 22, 2013 10:53:00 PM


  11. Inch by inch... It's happening.

    Hopefully the Fed will just obliterate the rest of the stubborn state's idiocy and we can all quit worrying about this issue once and for all.

    Posted by: johnny | Jan 22, 2013 11:19:02 PM


  12. LGBT in Rhode Island, please work hard these next 10 days. They are critical. Engage your straight allies and friends/family. It's close but can easily tilt our way if we showcase our passion to these elected officials. And remember, the more states pass rights for us, the more favorable it looks to the Supreme Court in facing the inevitable.

    Posted by: Dynex | Jan 23, 2013 6:40:43 AM


  13. Think of all those wingnuts rolling on the floor, crying and speaking in tongues. LOL

    Posted by: AJ | Jan 23, 2013 9:18:37 AM


  14. It'll pass. Gay marriage and gay issues aren't a big deal for the majority of New Englanders. I think a big part of the reason is the majority of people here aren't strongly religious and there's enormous number of long-time lapse, nominal only urban 'ethnic' [Irish, Italian,Polish,French Canadian,Portuguese,etc.] Catholics, who tend to have a laissez-faire attitude about many social issues. It's in the places and cultures where evangelical Christians play a dominant or very powerful role and influence, and where new immigrants with strong strong connections to more radicalized ethnic/cultural and religious believes [Christian and Muslim; many especially newly immigrated Latin Americans are attracted more and more to pentecostal/evangelical churches, as are many African and even Asian] that there will continue to be problems.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 23, 2013 10:59:32 AM


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