VT governor campaigns for same-sex marriage in RI

PROVIDENCE, RI – Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin travels to Rhode Island Thursday to campaign for same-sex marriage in the Ocean State.

Democrat Shumlin leads the state that was the first in the nation to recognize gay marriage. Vermont approved gay civil unions in 2000 and full same-sex marriage rights in 2009.

Shumlin will meet with Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee and state lawmakers. His message to the general assembly will be that in Vermont, none of the lawmakers who supported gay marriage were defeated by voters in the next election.

In Rhode Island, Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin is opposing gay marriage legislation and urging Catholics to lobby their lawmakers against it.

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