MERI to keep fighting for full marriage rights

PROVIDENCE, RI – An advocacy group says it plans to keep fighting in the next General Assembly session for the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Marriage Equality Rhode Island, MERI, considers the state's new civil union law discriminatory because it exempts religious institutions.

No church is forced to hold a gay civil union.

MERI campaign coordinator Ray Sullivan says his group remains focused on the goal of legalizing same-sex marriage.

"We will continue that fight," says Sullivan. "It hasn't stopped regardless of the passage of this discriminatory bill. We're going to keep fighting until all Rhode Islanders are treated and respected equally under the law."

Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed says she doesn't expect the same-sex marriage issue to move forward in the 2012 session.

That happens to be an election year, and Sullivan says MERI will try to elect more supporters of same-sex marriage.

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