Gov. Lincoln Chafee says the legislature has to pass a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. The governor’s comment comes a day before the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on a slate of same-sex marriage bills.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will consider a bill similar to the one passed in the House earlier this year, and another that has broad religious exemptions and would make legalizing same-sex marriage subject to a statewide vote. Gov. Chafee supports same-sex marriage and said the state’s economy will grow around what he calls “the three T’s: talent, technology and tolerance.”
“We have to get this passed. We’re at a disadvantage competing with Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Main, New York, we don’t,” said Chafee. “That’s a competitive disadvantage. We can’t have that.”
Bishop Thomas Tobin of the Diocese of Providence has issued a statement urging state senators to, quote, “resist this immoral and unnecessary proposition” and to defend the traditional definition of marriage.
Bishop Thomas Tobin’s statement: “As the Rhode Island Senate prepares to take action on legislation that would seek to legitimize “same-sex marriage,” I once again urge members of the Senate to stand strong in resisting this immoral and unnecessary proposition and to defend marriage and family as traditionally defined. We should be very clear about this: it is only with grave risk to our spiritual well-being and the common good of our society that we dare to redefine what God himself has created. My prayer is that the senators will have all the wisdom and courage they need to do the right thing in this moment of decision.”
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