Gov. Chafee: Same-Sex Marriage Will Create Jobs

Aug 1, 2013

Gov. Lincoln Chafee said Thursday will be a happy day in Rhode Island, now that the state’s same-sex marriage law is in effect. The governor has pushed for bringing same-sex marriage to the state since taking office. He said it will help create jobs.

A supporter of same-sex marriage, Chafee has maintained that it will be good for Rhode Island's economy.
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“I do believe that young, creative people that want to come and do business, you just want to have a welcome mat out. I do believe it’s very, very important to growing the economy in Rhode Island," said Chafee.

Rhode Island is the last state in New England to legalize same-sex marriage. And the governor says if a gay couple asks, he’d certainly consider presiding over their wedding. 

Opponents to same-sex marriage say it will destabilize traditional families.

Christopher Plante is the executive director of the Rhode Island chapter of the National Organization for Marriage.

He says the same-sex marriage law will affect future children in the state.

“Our state has chosen to codify into law the concept that a child does not need a mom and a dad. By saying marriage can be any two people, we are saying that mothers or fathers are optional," said Plante.

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