same-sex marriage

The Rhode Islanders United for Marriage coalition is pointing to support for same-sex marriage in a new poll by Public Policy Polling:

The Rhode Islanders United for Marriage coalition is pointing to support for same-sex marriage in a new poll by Public Policy Polling:

As is always the case during debate on emotional social issues, the verbal parrying at the State House can drift into seriously ridiculous misinformation. Such is the case in Sunday’s gay marriage page one ProJo story by Phil Marcelo.

In this piece, Marcelo quotes Sen. Frank Ciccone III, D-Providence. Ciccone is a prominent opponent of same gender marriage; he has introduced legislation calling for a voter referendum on the issue.

A group opposing same-sex marriage says it’s confident that the Rhode Island Senate will defeat legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry. The bill passed handily Thursday night in the House

Just minutes after the historic vote in the House, speaker Gordon Fox urged Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed to pass the bill in her chamber. There’s no word when the senate judiciary committee will take it up, and Paiva Weed opposes the legislation.

Despite the same sex marriage momentum on Smith Hill, one lawmaker wants to put the issue on a ballot to let Rhode Islanders vote on changing the definition of marriage.

State Senator Frank Ciccone says his constituents are clamoring for a say on this red-hot issue.  His proposed referendum would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
"My constituents want it placed on the ballot so they have an opportunity to vote so they can make a choice on whether or not they are in favor of same sex marriage. And I am at this point in agreement with them."

Catherine Welch

“Just pass it.” That’s what House Speaker Gordon Fox says he wants the senate president to do with the same-sex marriage bill that passed last night and is now heading to the senate. The House vote was not only an historic vote, but an emotional one.

During nearly 90 minutes of debate a handful of representatives spoke out against the measure. Arthur Corvese, a North Providence democrat, was one of them.

Catherine Welch / RIPR

The Rhode Island House is taking up the same-sex marriage bill at this hour. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch is there and filed this report.

Roger Williams University Law Professor Bela August Walker is an expert in family law and leads a number of courses covering the legal issues facing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

She spoke with Morning Edition host Elisabeth Harrison about the issues surrounding the same-sex marriage law being debated in RI.

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Same-sex marriage bill moves to full RI House

Jan 22, 2013
Flo Jonic

A bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island has cleared its first legislative hurdle. The House Judiciary Committee overwhelmingly approved the legislation, paving the way for a full House vote later this week.

The crowd assembled for the same sex marriage vote erupted in applause and cheers when the House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to pass the bill on to the full House.  The panel had heard hours of testimony. By the time it came to vote, only Committee chair Edith Ajello had anything left to say.

Governor Lincoln Chafee says his new budget builds on attempts by his administration to position Rhode Island for better days. Joined by RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay, we also talk about the fight over same-sex marriage legislation, the governor's political plans for 2014, and other issues.

Ian Donnis

A House Judiciary Committee hearing kicked off Tuesday with testimony from the lead sponsor of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island, state Representative Art Handy (D-Cranston). He said it was the eleventh time he has introduced such legislation, but wasn't sure precisely how long similar bills have been filed. Handy said he thought the first was 18 years ago, but his point was really that the time has long since come to grant marriage rights to same-sex couples in Rhode Island.

Ian Donnis

A vote isn't expected when the House Judiciary Committee holds (at the rise, in Room 313) what will likely be a lengthy hearing Tuesday on the same-sex marriage bill sponsored by Representative Art Handy (D-Cranston). But a historic House floor vote on same-sex marriage may come as soon as next week.

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Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin says Rhode Island voters should be the ones who decide whether to legalize same-sex marriage.

In a statement on Friday, Tobin responded to Governor Lincoln Chafee's assertion a day earlier that he would likely veto a same-sex marriage bill if it makes approval contingent on a statewide vote. Tobin calls Chafee's stance "arbitrary and undemocratic."

"One must ask, respectfully, what the Governor is afraid of?

Raimondo supports same-sex marriage

Jan 11, 2013

(PROVIDENCE, RI) State treasurer Gina Raimondo has written letters to House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed expressing strong support for the marriage equality bill now in the legislative pipeline.  

The letters read in part: “Marrying my husband Andy 11 years ago was the best decision of my life and we have two beautiful children together. Every Rhode Islander who wants to be in a loving and committed marriage should have the same rights as we do.”  

Fox aims to begin hearings on the bill next week.