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East Providence City Council Endorses Marriage Equality

East Providence city councilPost submitted by David Contreras Turley, former HRC Associate Regional Field Director

The East Providence City Council yesterday unanimously passed a resolution endorsing marriage equality in Rhode Island.

“We are deeply grateful for the support and endorsement of the East Providence City Council for Senator Nesselbush’s marriage equality legislation,” said Ray Sullivan, Rhode Islanders United for Marriage campaign director. “This resolution, in addition to the support of the mayors of Central Falls, Cumberland, North Providence, Pawtucket, Providence and Warwick, along with the endorsement of the Providence City Council, is a strong demonstration of the grassroots support for allowing all loving, committed couples the freedom to marry in our communities.”

East Providence city councilMomentum continues to build across Rhode Island for the passage of marriage equality legislation currently pending before the General Assembly.

“This is yet another sign of the relentless momentum behind our campaign to win marriage equality. As the process in the Senate moves forward, we will continue our critical work of connecting supporters with their senators as the Judiciary Committee considers the testimony of hundreds of witnesses from the legislative hearing two weeks ago.” added Sullivan

Earlier this year the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of marriage equality. We expect a vote in the Rhode Island State Senate this spring. HRC is committed to passing marriage equality in Rhode Island, the last state in New England to approve marriage legislation. We are proud to be part of the Rhode Islanders United for Marriage coalition and to work with dedicated staff and volunteers from Marriage Equality Rhode Island, GLAD, and many other coalition partners.  Rhode Islanders can join us for one of our daily phone banks today. To get involved and learn more about what you can do to help pass marriage in the Ocean State this year, please email

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