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Critical Committee Vote in Rhode Island Today

Later today, the Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote on S38, the marriage equality bill currently before the Rhode Island Senate. The Senate has never voted as a whole nor in committee on marriage equality legislation and today’s committee vote will be a key test for the bill.

I arrived in Providence today to support the HRC team and Rhode Islanders United for Marriage, the coalition working to pass the marriage equality bill, in the final hours before this historic vote. Our team here has been working for months to help develop the campaign and I am so proud of the work they’ve done.

David Turley has been working with Rhode Island mayors and city councils to increase support at the municipal level for marriage equality. Just yesterday, the South Kingstown Town Council adopted a resolution supporting marriage equality. That follows the Warwick City Council that last week adopted a similar measure as a result of all of David’s hard work.

HRC has also hired a local faith organizer who has been working with the religious community across the state, culminating in a huge outpouring of support from a diverse array of Rhode Island faith leaders.

The vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee should be in the late afternoon. The full Senate will likely vote later this week if it passes out of committee. The House of Representatives passed the marriage equality bill earlier this year but will need to vote again if there are any amendments added. Governor Lincoln Chafee is a strong supporter marriage equality and will sign the bill once approved by the General Assembly. As written, the bill would go into effect upon the governor’s signature.

To see all the work HRC has been doing in Rhode Island, visit our local page.

HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse and Senior Regional Field Organizer David Contreras Turley with Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives Gordon Fox and Rhode Island Rep. Frank Ferri

HRC Senior Regional Field Organizer David Contreras Turley with Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives Gordon Fox, who is sporting an HRC pin for the day.

Senior Regional Field Organizer David Contreras Turley, Governor Chafee, bill sponsor Ary Handy and Rhode Island Rep. Frank Ferri

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