same sex marriage en Providence College Reschedules Same Sex Marriage Talk <p>Did we say the talk was cancelled? We should have said postponed.</p><p></p><p>That was the message from Providence College Provost Hugh Lena, who sent an email to the college community on Wednesday. The note says the college is working to reschedule same-sex marriage supporter John Corvino of Wayne State University, who has agreed to appear alongside same-sex marriage opponent Sherif Girgis, a doctoral student and law student from Princeton.</p><p></p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 12:55:32 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 22268 at Some sobering thoughts for union members on Labor Day <p>Today we celebrate the glorious history of the American labor movement. While unions have a storied past RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what the future holds.</p><p>Labor Day in Rhode Island has long been more than a summer’s end holiday. For decades, union leaders and their members have celebrated a movement that assimilated immigrants, fought vigorously for better pay and working conditions and was a fulcrum in the creation of a strong middle class.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 20:26:59 +0000 Scott MacKay 20930 at Providence Bishop Announces Republican Party Affiliation <p>The Bishop of Providence, Thomas Tobin, said he has become a registered Republican.</p><p></p><p>Tobin told a group of Rhode Island Young Republicans he blamed himself and the Catholic Church for the legalization of same-sex marriage.</p><p>He also said Catholic lawmakers at the State house quote “let us down.”</p><p>The Dioceses of Providence wrote a "Letter to Catholics on the Approval of Same-Sex Marriage" which was published in the newspaper, Rhode Island Catholic Newspaper following the passage in May.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:14:28 +0000 John Bender 20045 at Providence Bishop Announces Republican Party Affiliation Photos: First Day of Same-Sex Marriage in Rhode Island <p>Across the Ocean State, same-sex couples are applying for marriage licenses and tying the knot. On Thursday Rhode Island and Minnesota became the 12<sup>th</sup> and 13<sup>th</sup> states in the country to legalize gay marriage. The bill was signed into law back in May, making Rhode Island the last state in New England to legalize gay marriage.</p><p></p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 16:42:46 +0000 RIPR Newsroom 19363 at Photos: First Day of Same-Sex Marriage in Rhode Island Both Sides Gear Up for Senate Vote on Same-Sex Marriage <p>The state Senate is set to vote Wednesday on bills to legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island. Advocates are continuing to press their case before the vote.</p><p>Supporters were overjoyed when the Senate Judiciary Committee approved two same-sex marriage bills. The head of Rhode Islanders United for Marriage, Ray Sullivan, says advocates aren’t taking anything for granted.</p><p>“Our work is not done, we continue to work the phones, knock doors, make calls, do all the things we’ve been doing the last several months that have led us to this moment,” said Sullivan.</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 19:03:09 +0000 Ian Donnis & Catherine Welch 14103 at Both Sides Gear Up for Senate Vote on Same-Sex Marriage Gay marriage gaining momentum <p>As the hours dwindle to tomorrow’s Senate Judiciary Committee consideration of same-sex marriage, it appears advocates of gay unions have an advantage, say State House sources. What is still unknown is what will happen when the issue hits the Senate floor, which could come as early as Wednesday, or more likely, Thursday.</p><p>What is clear this time around is that the marriage equality campaign has done a better job this time around than two years ago, when the General Assembly approved civil unions in a compromise that pleased neither side.</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 20:26:45 +0000 Scott MacKay 13982 at Friday, March 22, 2013 <p>The state's unemployment is at a 4 year low. A hearing on a same-sex marriage bill brought out hundreds. These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.</p><p>Plus the guest on this week's Political Roundtable is the CEO of the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity, Mike Stenhouse.<br><br>Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.&nbsp; <a href=""></a></p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 14:00:32 +0000 Lydia Rogers 12384 at Competing Same-Sex Marriage Bills Due for a Hearing <p>The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to hold a hearing Thursday afternoon on two competing bills to legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island. One key area of debate is the extent of exceptions for clergy and small businesses in recognizing same-sex marriages.</p><p></p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 13:03:02 +0000 Ian Donnis 12301 at Competing Same-Sex Marriage Bills Due for a Hearing Is being against it the new political fallout on gay marriage <p>A few years back, when lawmakers in states such as Vermont and Massachusetts approved gay marriage, the political chatter was always focused on whether a vote supporting marriage equality would kill a legislative career due to a backlash against those who approved gay unions.</p><p>Those who supported gay marriage in legislatures were rarely ousted from office for their votes.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 18:47:39 +0000 Scott MacKay 12126 at Bishop Tobin and Gov. Chafee joust again over gay marriage <p>Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas J. Tobin and Governor Lincoln D. Chafee are at it&nbsp; again over their favorite hot button issue, same-sex marriage. His Excellency issued a statement supporting the move by Sen. Frank Ciccone, a Providence Democrat, to put the marriage equality issue to a statewide voter referendum.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 17:01:06 +0000 Scott MacKay 11934 at