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Marriage Equality Coming to Rhode Island

It looks like Rhode Island will join all the other New England states in granting full marriage equality to gay couples. Amazingly, all five Republican members of the Rhode Island Senate are supporting the measure, which is expected to pass the full chamber easily and go on to be signed by the governor.

All five Republicans in the 38-member Rhode Island Senate – including Minority Leader Dennis Algiere of Westerly – plan to support the same-sex marriage bill backed by supporters of the issue, RIPR has learned.

Algiere and Senator David Bates of Barrington plan to announce their support Tuesday morning for S 38, the bill introduced by Senator Donna Nesselbush (D-Pawtucket). The three other GOP senators – Dawson Hodgson of North Kingstown, Nicholas Kettle of Coventry, and Christopher Ottiano of Portsmouth — have already expressed their support for the Nesselbush bill. They call their support consistent with the Republican values of freedom and small government.

My heart goes out to all those poor straight couples whose marriages will be ruined by this news.

Comments

  1. says

    This is great, but you know what’s weird? What’s weird is that when that piece-of-shit ReiKKKwing fuckwad , Donald Carcieri was Governor the makeup of the statehouse was about the same and yet the dems seemed to lack a spine. His vetoes were far too often unchallenged. If not for him, RI would have had some sort of marriage equality on the books around the same time as MA did. Carcieri is thinking about running against incumbent, Jack Reed (D) in 2014 on the “Fuck The Poor” ticket.

  2. MikeMa says

    Just moved to the Ocean state and this bill is a wonderful welcome. I read the Providence Journal comments on the pending equality and think the majority of the commenters are virulently anti-equality. These are the same morons no doubt who vilified Jessica Ahlquist over the Cranston West school banner. Fuckwads are everywhere and even the dumbest has access to the internet.

    Ah, well at least my wife & I represent 2 more progressive votes in the next RI election.

  3. whheydt says

    I’m boggled that RI has *room* for 38 Senate districts. Is each one about a 100 yards across? By comparison, the California state senate has 40 members.

  4. says

    In what I believe is the most Catholic state in country. IIRC 60-65% Catholic. Not saying it’s due to the Catholicism, but it is funny that the Catholic Church has been losing in some of the most Catholic states.

  5. abb3w says

    Maryland is under 20% Catholic these days — less so than the nation as a whole. It looks like either Massachusetts or Connecticut is next after Rhode Island, followed by NJ and NY, with California, Nebraska, and Illinois also up there.

  6. thebookofdave says

    I can hardly wait for ‘same-sex’ to fade from common usage, and we can all simply call it marriage.

  7. martinc says

    whheydt@ 3:

    I’m boggled that RI has *room* for 38 Senate districts. Is each one about a 100 yards across? By comparison, the California state senate has 40 members.

    It’s a little-known (by virtue of being completely false) historical fact* that the Rhode Island legislature was initially determined by having a bunch of loud angry men throwing rocks at each other. Once they all moved out of range of each other’s ability to throw rocks, hey presto!: district-based representative government.

    * It’s a little-known (by virtue of being completely false) philological fact that the correct term for “a little-known (by virtue of being completely false) historical fact” is a ‘barton’.

  8. martinc says

    thebookofdave @ 8:

    I can hardly wait for ‘same-sex’ to fade from common usage, and we can all simply call it marriage.

    Obviously this won’t hapen for a while because of the small number of people who specifically DO want to discriminate. The answer for them is obvious: invent some higher label that only refers to THEIR kind of marriage. I suggested “Binding Irreversible God-Oriented Treaty” but it didn’t catch on.

  9. lofgren says

    The answer for them is obvious: invent some higher label that only refers to THEIR kind of marriage.

    This is why I oppose the “compromise” proffered by some pundits that all civil marriages should become civil unions, leaving marriage the province of religion alone. It’s just another way of rhetorically de-legitimizing gay (and many straight) relationships.

  10. thumper1990 says

    Yay Rhode Island! *Applause*

    They call their support consistent with the Republican values of freedom and small government.

    Bloody hell. Did I just hear of not one, but two Republicans putting the values they pay lip service to into practice?!

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