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Two Governors Join in Marriage…Support

The following post is from Jeremy Kennedy, director of faith outreach in Rhode Island:

With a vote on a Rhode Island bill to legalize marriage for same sex couples imminent, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin visited Rhode Island. Governor Shumlin met with Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, who has expressed strong support for marriage equality and also legislators, who have the task of deciding this very important issue. Before becoming governor, Shumlin was on the front lines of the fight for equality in Vermont for over a decade, serving in the Vermont State Senate.

During this rare visit from a neighboring New England governor, Shumlin explained that full marriage equality for all couples is the right thing to do and that Governor Chafee will "sleep on the right side of history" because of his support. The Rhode Island General Assembly has heard testimony on marriage equality bills in both chambers and a vote is expected very soon.

The HRC field team is on the ground, working with Marriage Equality Rhode Island to ensure that every legislator hears from the voices of equality across the state. Volunteers have been knocking on doors and making thousands of phone calls to make sure that when the legislature votes on this historic issue, they do the right thing and legalize marriage for gay and lesbian couples in Rhode Island.

NOW is the time to get involved, we cannot do it without you- if you live in Rhode Island, please call your legislator today and tell to vote "YES" to legalize marriage for same sex couples. Click here to send a message to your legislators today!

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