Watch LIVE: Rhode Island House Vote on Marriage Equality


Rhode Island's House of Representatives is set to vote this afternoon on a marriage equality bill advanced by a House panel earlier this week. It is expected to pass (House Speaker Gordon Fox has predicted a "healthy win"), and then move to the Senate, where it faces a much tougher battle.

You can tune in and watch the proceedings LIVE HERE.

Session is scheduled to begin any minute. In the meantime, enjoy their groovy 'hold' music.


  1. ernest1960 says

    I’m originally from RI (and worked hard to lose the accent) so it’s good to see this. Now I live in Maryland — GETTING MARRIED TOMORROW!!!! After 31 years.

  2. says

    Yep, gasbag and disgrace to history regurgitating “redefining marriage” nonsense right now. Slippery slope, poor straight people’s lives will be ruined blah blah blah. The losers’ last gasp.

  3. Patric says

    Sounds like a vote in the state senate is not likely for weeks, if not months.

    I looked on the website of the Rhode Island General Assembly and two of the three senators described in the above-cited December article as likely no votes – Goodwin and Walaska – are no longer members of the chamber’s Judiciary Committee. See also Instead, in addition to Harold Metts (member of the Providence Branch NAACP and the Urban League and a deacon at a Baptist Church and described above as a likely no vote), Dawson Hodgson (a 33-year old Republican described above as a likely yes vote), Erin Lynch (a 37-year old Democrat described above as a likely yes vote) and Donna Nesselbush (an openly lesbian Democrat who is a member of the Gay and Lesbian Issues Committee, Lawyers for Equality and Diversity and the American Association for Justice and described above as a likely yes vote), the committee’s other six current members appear to be the following senators:

    – the above-referenced Paul Jabour, who indicated in his fall campaign that he personally favors CUs but would be “obligated” to vote for equality if his constituents let him know “overwhelming[ly]” that they support passage – and ;

    – Stephen Archambault, a Democrat who is a former cop and current Prosecutor who supported marriage equality when an unsuccessful candidate for the Dem nomination for state AG in 2010 – and and;

    – William Conley, a Democrat who graduated from Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law, is very involved in his local parish, represents a heavily Catholic district and has been described as an opponent of equality but who recently said that he’s been “listening to the positions of both sides” and, as such, my be persuadable; he and Jabour are considered the two crucial swing votes needed to pass the bill out of committee – and and and and ;

    – Frank Lombardi (not to be confused with Frank Lombardo, another senator in the same chamber; this is Rhode Island!), seen as an opponent of equality – ;

    – Michael McCaffrey, the committee chair and an opponent of equality who has co-sponsored a mini-DOMA law for the state; and

    – Leonidas Raptakis, a member of a Greek Orthodox Church who is seen as an opponent though he said he’d be inclined to support a bill if it provided for a popular vote – and .

  4. Amy says

    Patric, you’re repeating the same negative thing in every thread, betore long your motives will be put in to question. For every thing from the past you can cite that may not go our way, I can cite a million and one things that perfectly prove the tides are turning in our favor of gay rights and marriage equality.

  5. Patric says

    You’re ridiculous, Amy. I’m trying to provide people information which I’ve been trying to find myself and which I had to go out and find on my own. I’ve offered no prediction of ultimate defeat and am quite aware that in other jurisdictions – Vermont, New York, Argentina – we’ve prevailed after what once appeared as long odds. As for my motives, if you can seriously read my post and wonder if I might be a plant from the other side, then your issues with paranoia are greater even than they initially appear.

    There’s no benefit to our community to sticking our heads in the sand and assuming that our victory in Rhode Island is assured. Our prospects will be better if we know the challenges facing us and in particular if we know the senators whom we should be targeting. The facts are that we need six votes on the pivotal senate committee, that four are likely assured, that four are seen as likely against us and that the other two votes present some decided challenges but are not beyond reach. If that information is too much for you to handle, then get out of the way so that the adults can handle the lobbying that will be necessary if we are to have any shot of securing those votes.

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