Rhode Islanders United for Marriage http://ripr.org en After 16-Year Fight, Rhode Island Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage http://ripr.org/post/after-16-year-fight-rhode-island-legalizes-same-sex-marriage <p></p><p>To the delight of a crowd of hundreds of people in front of the Statehouse, Governor Lincoln Chafee on Thursday evening signed into law legislation making Rhode Island the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage. Two companion bills forming the basis for the law sped through the General Assembly in recent weeks, in sharp contrast to how the issue of same-sex marriage languished for the preceding 16 years.</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 23:49:49 +0000 Ian Donnis 14598 at http://ripr.org After 16-Year Fight, Rhode Island Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage Same-sex Marriage Bill to be Considered by Senate Committee http://ripr.org/post/same-sex-marriage-bill-be-considered-senate-committee <p>Critics say a bill calling for a statewide referendum on same-sex marriage would expand discrimination in Rhode Island.</p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:50:51 +0000 Ian Donnis 12231 at http://ripr.org Same-sex Marriage Bill to be Considered by Senate Committee Senate to Consider Same-Sex Referendum Proposal http://ripr.org/post/senate-consider-same-sex-referendum-proposal <p>A bill calling for a statewide referendum to decide the fate of same-sex marriage legislation was filed Wednesday in the state Senate. Proposed legislation also offers exemptions for religious officials and small businesses that don’t want to be involved with same-sex weddings.<br><br>The bill sponsored by Providence Democrat Frank Ciccone has 10 other sponsors, eight of them Democrats.<br><br>The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a same-sex marriage bill in January. The Senate has slated a March 21st hearing.<br> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 13:41:26 +0000 Ian Donnis 11917 at http://ripr.org