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Full Rhode Island Senate Republican Caucus Announces Support for Marriage Equality

As I reported earlier, the Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee is set to consider a marriage equality bill today.

RiRhode Island United for Marriage reports that Senate Republicans are all on board:

It's a big day in Rhode Island, and we're excited to kick it off with some really exciting news for our campaign! This morning, the Senate Republican Caucus - including Senators Dennis Algiere, David Bates, Dawson Hodgson, Nicholas Kettle, Chris Ottiano - released a statement announcing unanimous support for S38, the bill that will extend marriage to loving same-sex couples:

We support Senate Bill 38 because it rightfully extends the civil aspects of marriage to all Rhode Islanders while protecting the freedom of religion our state was founded upon.  Gay and lesbian couples deserve to be treated equally under the law, and at the same time churches, synagogues and mosques in our state must be free to exercise their faith and their sacraments as they see fit.  This bill strikes the right balance and should be passed by the Senate.

Said RI4M campaign director Ray Sullivan:

“We are proud and humbled to have earned the support of the entire Senate Republican caucus for Senator Nesselbush’s legislation. We applaud their courage and their conviction in standing up for all loving, committed couples and their freedom to marry. That this is the first legislative caucus of either party to unanimously support marriage equality is a testament to the bravery and strength of character of these five senators. We thank them for their support, and look forward to their voting in favor of S38.” 

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  1. This brought tears to my eyes.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Apr 23, 2013 10:34:52 AM


  2. Wow. I can't see this not passing now if/when Pavia Weed brings it to the floor.

    Posted by: Tyler | Apr 23, 2013 10:50:21 AM


  3. great to see, especially since Democrat Pavia Weed has REFUSED to bring this to the floor for a vote for years.

    Posted by: chicagoan | Apr 23, 2013 11:02:51 AM


  4. Holy flipping A! Congrats RI. Git 'er dun.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 23, 2013 11:06:25 AM


  5. Sonia NOM going to try and replace them all?
    Bon chance!

    Posted by: Alan E. | Apr 23, 2013 11:21:48 AM


  6. So if this bill doesn't pass, it will solely be the Democrats's fault. At long last the Log Cabin Republicans would have sometime to brag about. However, now that all the GOP Senators are in favor, that helps our odds and probably will push some more Dems into our column since they don't want to seem to be to the right of the GOP on this issue.

    Posted by: KT | Apr 23, 2013 11:31:12 AM


  7. So if this bill doesn't pass, it will solely be the Democrats's fault. At long last the Log Cabin Republicans would have sometime to brag about. However, now that all the GOP Senators are in favor, that helps our odds and probably will push some more Dems into our column since they don't want to seem to be to the right of the GOP on this issue.

    Posted by: KT | Apr 23, 2013 11:31:13 AM


  8. Fantastic news. Does anyone have an updated head count? Some analysis would be eagerly appreciated.

    Posted by: Lars | Apr 23, 2013 11:40:32 AM


  9. Amazing. There are just 5 RI Republican Senators, and they all support. This means only 14 out of 32 Democrats need to support marriage equality in order for it to pass with a majority 19 votes. There are 38 Senators total.

    Posted by: Jake | Apr 23, 2013 11:48:20 AM


  10. I meant they need 14 of 32 Senate Dems to support to get to a majority of 20 Senators in favor.

    Posted by: Jake | Apr 23, 2013 11:58:06 AM


  11. So, the major roadblock remaining is a DEMOCRAT?????!!!!!
    We need to fire her ass, and that as soon as possible. What the hell is that in-duh-vi-dual doing representing my party?
    To the right of the Republicans, for pity's sake!

    Posted by: enough already | Apr 23, 2013 11:58:18 AM


  12. I meant they need 15 of 32 Senate Dems to support to get to a majority of 20 Senators in favor.I messed up again!

    Posted by: Jake | Apr 23, 2013 11:58:31 AM


  13. There are some vitriolic Democrats in high places here in RI. SB38 has yet to pass out of the Judiciary Committee. Let's not get ahead of ourselves. Paiva-Weed does not want it to come to a vote, neither does the head of the Judiciary Committee, McCaffrey (who, incidentally lives just down the street from my partner and I).

    We MAY see it pass out of the Judiciary Committee tonight. If we do, we have a strong chance for passing the bill. If not, it's done for this legislative session, which is bad news, since Linc Chaffee will most likely not be re-elected.

    Posted by: LuvUrLivr | Apr 23, 2013 11:58:51 AM


  14. Lol. So they up and change their minds all at once? Ahh what fools we gay mortals be.

    Get ready for Scalia: "...Look at All the support gays have in politics. No need to hear the Doma/Prop 8 cases. gays have political power...soooo darn much of it, doncha kow...that we do not need to adjudicate this case under Heightened Scrutiny. Nope, Rational Basis Test now met with these sudden flip-flops...."

    Get ready for a 45 state fight for gay marriage over the next 50 years.

    Mark my words: we are being played big time by big boys who can't stand us.

    If I am wrong, I will be extremely happy with that.

    Posted by: mic | Apr 23, 2013 12:16:24 PM


  15. This is great! If only Republicans in other states could be like this...

    Posted by: MuscleModelBlog.com | Apr 23, 2013 1:04:09 PM


  16. It has been unbelievably difficult to get marriage equality passed in this overwhelmingly Democratic state. The Dems control both houses of the legislature by 3-1 margins, but this has been a grueling battle because there are so many anti-gay Catholic Dems and Dems who think that the safer course is to screw us over. With all the GOP senators voting in favor, it's a game changer. I think the going assumption was that 4 out of 5 of those senators would be no votes and now they will all be yes votes.

    Posted by: Seth | Apr 23, 2013 1:14:17 PM


  17. Any time Republican senators anywhere come out for SSM that's big news. It gives socially liberal Republicans more leverage in the party and encourages socially conservative Republicans to modernize the conservative movement and enable it to support gay rights. Getting these 5 Republican senators to support SSM may be even more important in the long run than getting SSM passed in Rhode Island. Republicans who support equality have the ability to change the political landscape.

    Posted by: Mary | Apr 23, 2013 4:21:18 PM


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