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Rhode Island Vote on Marriage Equality Expected by End of April

Rhode Island Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed anticipates a full Senate vote on marriage equality as soon as the week of April 21, the Providence Journal reports:

Paiva-weed"I feel very confident that the issue will be fully debated on the floor of the Senate at some point in April -- sometime in the first couple of weeks after the break," she tells The Providence Journal. While she personally opposes same-sex marriage, Paiva Weed says she views her primary responsibility, as Senate president, "to ensure an open and honest debate in committee and on the [Senate] floor."

In January Paiva Weed said she had no idea if the bill would pass.

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."

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  1. I don't know that I personally support Ms Weed's civil rights but I look forward to a meaningful debate about whether she should be allowed to have any.

    Posted by: Glenn I | Apr 8, 2013 1:19:46 PM


  2. what Glenn said.

    Posted by: Howard | Apr 8, 2013 1:49:44 PM


  3. I think it's about time that this particular Weed gets uprooted.

    Posted by: Rich F. | Apr 8, 2013 2:27:05 PM


  4. I think it's about time that this particular Weed gets uprooted.

    Posted by: Rich F. | Apr 8, 2013 2:27:09 PM


  5. Why does the Democratic caucus continue to permit that bigot to serve as its leader?

    Remove her and put a real Democrat in that position!

    Posted by: Skeptical Cicada | Apr 8, 2013 2:36:28 PM


  6. Why does the Democratic caucus continue to permit that bigot to serve as its leader?

    Remove her and put a real Democrat in that position!

    Posted by: Skeptical Cicada | Apr 8, 2013 2:36:35 PM


  7. Why does the Democratic caucus continue to permit that bigot to serve as its leader?

    Remove her and put a real Democrat in that position!

    Posted by: Skeptical Cicada | Apr 8, 2013 2:36:42 PM


  8. Keep in mind,she's doing this because she knows she has to,not because she wants to.
    If you want to know why gay marriage wasn't in Rhode Island a long time ago,she's the reason why.
    She has prevented it from going to the floor each and every time.
    She should be front and center on why it's a bad idea to do the state by state thing. Because you know the places in the South will drag their feet even longer then she has.

    Posted by: Kevin | Apr 8, 2013 4:52:56 PM


  9. Keep in mind,she's doing this because she knows she has to,not because she wants to.
    If you want to know why gay marriage wasn't in Rhode Island a long time ago,she's the reason why.
    She has prevented it from going to the floor each and every time.
    She should be front and center on why it's a bad idea to do the state by state thing. Because you know the places in the South will drag their feet even longer then she has.

    Posted by: Kevin | Apr 8, 2013 4:53:27 PM


  10. She wants to ensure an "'open and honest debate'" even though she personally disagrees? This sounds like she is giving in to the change in public opinion against her will.

    Posted by: MuscleModelBlog.com | Apr 8, 2013 5:16:36 PM


  11. I'm a Rhode Islander and although I'm not 100% certain of the workings of the State Senate, I think it's traditional for the senior Senator from Newport to be elected President, given the significance that we bestow upon Newport (it was until the 1930s a co-capital city with Providence).

    The state Constitution requires the senior Senator from Newport to be in charge in overseeing the election of the officers of the Senate, which is why they probably just proceed to elect her President anyway.

    Posted by: Bill S. | Apr 8, 2013 10:03:14 PM


  12. Nothing wrong with someone else from Newport, RI unseating her and taking her job in the next round of RI elections if Newport is traditionally given so much deference in the RI Senate. Paiva-Weed is such a stumbling block and so blind to the civil rights of her fellow Rhode Islanders, that it would be better for her to be defeated next election day.

    Posted by: Mousemess | Apr 9, 2013 1:04:04 AM


  13. Nothing wrong with someone else from Newport, RI unseating her and taking her job in the next round of RI elections if Newport is traditionally given so much deference in the RI Senate. Paiva-Weed is such a stumbling block and so blind to the civil rights of her fellow Rhode Islanders, that it would be better for her to be defeated next election day.

    Posted by: Mousemess | Apr 9, 2013 1:04:05 AM


  14. I believe she's the only Senator from Newport, and in any event she is definitely the most senior Senator from Newport, which is the person who traditionally gets this role (although I don't know what happens if that person is not of the majority party).

    She is going to bring the bill to a vote, so let's be thankful for that. I also don't think she has ever promised to block the bill, it's just that our Senate has for a long time been comprised of many conservative old Catholics.

    Posted by: Bill S. | Apr 9, 2013 8:04:38 AM


  15. OUST Paiva Weed, NOW!

    Posted by: Michael Springer | Apr 11, 2013 1:55:14 PM


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