Politics
2:59 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Sen. Rhoda Perry not seeking re-election

PROVIDENCE, RI – A veteran Rhode Island state lawmaker says she will not seek re-election. State Senator Rhoda Perry is calling it quits after 22 years on the job. She leaves a legacy of commitment to liberal causes.

State Senator Rhoda Perry ran for office to preserve a woman's right to reproductive health care. She did that and much more. A champion of the successful drive to make medical marijuana available to sick people, she also worked tirelessly for same sex marriage. She predicts gays will be allowed to marry in Rhode Island soon.

"We do have a committed governor and I believe with each new General Assembly member who is an advocate for marriage equality the state of Rhode Island will have marriage equality I would predict within the next two years," says Perry.

Marriage Equality Rhode Island issued a statement calling Perry an unrelenting champion for civil rights.

Democrats Maryellen Butke, Gayle Goldin and Jessica Holden Sherwood hav filed to run for Perry's seat.

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