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HRC Working Hard for Marriage Equality in Rhode Island

Marriage equality in Rhode IslandPost submitted by Christine Sloane, Former HRC Regional Field Organizer

From a house party hosted by a former Diplomat in Tiverton to phonebanks in Providence and Newport, to knocking doors in Pawtucket, the team here in Rhode Island is working hard all over the state to pass marriage equality.

One of the most important things supporters can do is contact your legislators to let them know that as a constituent, you support marriage equality and you’ll be watching how they vote on this issue. To find your State Representative and State Sentaor, click here.

We are working hard to engage all Rhode Islanders in this work.  Faith Organizer Jeremy Kennedy hosted a Catholic Lobby Day here in Providence last week.

Lead volunteer, LeeAnn Byrne had this to say about the event and why her Catholicism has led her to stand up for marriage equality:

“Despite very public opposition from the Diocese, it is important to know that many practicing Catholics do not feel represented by this opinion.  While I respect the authority and integrity of the Church in matters of faith, I believe in separation of church and state and do not want the belief of my Church imposed on others.

Similarly, I recognize the difference between sacramental marriage and civil marriage, and I perceive that same-sex civil marriage poses no threat to my Church…I am one of many Catholics who supports marriage equality because I am guided by the Church’s tradition as a leader in social justice issues and the respect for the dignity of each individual, created in God’s image and likeness.”

For the full blog by Leanne, please click here.  If you are Catholic, please sign this collective statement in support of marriage equality from Catholics here in Rhode Island.

If you can join us for our second Catholic Lobby Day on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 in Providence, please contact Jeremy today.

Regardless of your faith, we’re taking action all over the state. We’re making calls from Newport, Providence and Cumberland every week to voters all over the state and patching them through directly to their legislators. To join us at one of these events, please email

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