Parenting is a very tricky proposition, filled with lots of surprises – some pleasant and some, well, not so much . . . surprises that aren’t addressed in the owner’s manual. Most parents do their best to sort it all out as they go along, hoping their instincts and judgments are good ones or, at least, not disastrous. Our hope, of course, is that over time our children find a path in life that’s filled with meaning and purpose. And those are the wistful sentiments we hear from Maryellen Butke.
Maryellen Butke describes herself as an avid political junkie and advocate for education and equality. Butke advises education philanthropists to enhance their impact. She and her partner Jo live in Providence with their children Alicia and Matthew.
Governor Lincoln Chafee is expected Thursday to sign into law legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in Rhode Island. The House Judiciary Committee quickly approved the bills Tuesday.
Any uncertainty facing the same-sex bills was eliminated when the state Senate overwhelmingly approved them last week. In a largely procedural matter, House Judiciary followed up with an unanimous 13-to-zero vote. Education activist Maryellen Butke, who can recall how fellow gays and lesbians once faced overt hostility in Rhode Island, called the vote historic.