Winning Marriage Equality in Rhode Island
March 7, 2011 by Tony Wagner, Western Regional Field Director
As the debate over marriage equality takes center stage nationwide, Rhode Island is front and center. The state Senate is set to hear bills related to marriage equality this Thursday.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will consider a bill to legalize marriage equality and two others seeking a statewide vote to limit marriage to a man and a woman. Other bills would recognize domestic unions for same-sex couples and reciprocal beneficiaries applying to any two individuals. Join HRC and Marriage Equality Rhode Island as we kick-off the campaign to win marriage in the Ocean State. We’ll be knocking doors in Rep. Michael Tarro’s district near the State House to drive home the message that the time for marriage is NOW! Campaign to WIN Marriage Equality – Kickoff Canvass Thursday, March 10th | 3:30 PM South Side | Rhode Island State Capitol | Providence, RI You can also attend the Senate hearing on the marriage bill and show your support for marriage equality. The hearing is this Thursday, March 10, when the Senate convenes, in room 313 of the Rhode Island State House. If you’re unable to attend in person (or even if you can), please send a message to your legislators TODAY asking them to support marriage equality!
Additionally, the Rhode Island House could take up votes in the Judiciary Committee and in the full House as soon as this week. Speaker Fox has indicated his intention to move the bill in a timely fashion. Rep. Jim Langevin supports Marriage Equality In an opinion piece in the Providence Journal, Rep. Jim Langevin has announced he supports marriage equality.
As a devoted Catholic who sometimes skews more conservative on social issues, Langevin’s timely support of marriage equality provides an enormous boost to advocates’ efforts to pass the legislation this year. "As the General Assembly considers this important topic," Langevin writes in his opinion piece. "I ask lawmakers and all Rhode Islanders to honor our state's founding principles of tolerance and freedom and to support marriage equality in our state. It's time to do the right thing." Read the full opinion piece in the Providence Journal. Join the fight for Marriage Equality! We need volunteers to make phone calls, visit with legislators, attend events and generally make your voices heard. To volunteer with the campaign to win marriage equality in the Ocean State please contact Karl Bach at Karl.Bach@hrc.org or (202) 280-5407.
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