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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Political Roundtable: Sullivan on How the Battle for Same-Sex Marriage Was Won

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Ray Sullivan, the head of Rhode Islanders United for Marriage, joins the Roundtable this week to discuss the state Senate vote in favor of same-sex marriage; concerns about the impact on religious institutions; how the battle was won, and other issues.

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On Politics
6:53 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Political Reality: How the RI Senate Lost its Status as the Bermuda Triangle of Same-Sex Marriage

These two guys from Newport have been waiting to marry since Jimmy Carter was president.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

In recent years, the Rhode Island Senate has been considered the Bermuda Triangle of same-sex politics -- the place where gay marriage legislation would supposedly go to die.

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On Politics
6:53 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

On Historic Day, RI Senate Approves Same-Sex Marriage Bills

The Rhode Island Senate approved two virtually identical same-sex marriage bills by a 26-12 margin Wednesday afternoon. The bills still face certain House approval and a signature from Governor Lincoln Chafee, meaning Rhode Island is poised to become the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage, perhaps as soon as next week.

The votes happened with surprising speed after a 17-year effort to legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island, filling the Senate chamber and its exterior with scores of joyous supporters.

On Politics
10:48 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Three Top Questions as the RI Senate Is on the Cusp of Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

Tuesday was a remarkable day in Rhode Island politics. First, the five-member GOP contingent in the 38-member state Senate -- including the chamber's low-key minority leader, Dennis Algiere -- offered its unified support for same-sex marriage. Then, and much more significantly, Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio found himself on the wrong side of a key vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Rhode Island is now on the cusp of legalizing same-sex marriage.

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On Politics
8:29 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Algiere, Bates join RI Senate GOP bloc in backing bill favored by same-sex marriage supporters

A bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island is gaining momentum among Republicans.
Credit Kristin Gourlay/RIPR

All five Republicans in the 38-member Rhode Island Senate - including Minority Leader Dennis Algiere of Westerly - plan to support the same-sex marriage bill backed by supporters of the issue, RIPR has learned.

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On Politics
4:29 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

TGIF: 12 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media

With the aftermath of this week's Boston Marathon attack remaining in the forefront of headlines, we're keeping the focus on politics in my Friday column. Thanks for stopping by; as always, your tips and thoughts are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org.

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On Politics
3:33 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Senate Judiciary Sets Same-Sex Marriage vote for Tuesday

Competing same-sex marriage bills -- one backed by supporters, one backed by opponents -- are set to receive a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee at 3 pm Tuesday afternoon.

Same-sex marriage supporters back the bill introduced by Senator Donna Nesselbush (D-Pawtucket) that would grant marriage rights through the legislature.

Opponents favor a bill introduced by Senator Frank Ciccone that vote make the issue subject to a statewide vote. It also includes broad religious and other exemptions.

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On Politics
10:07 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Ramping Up Grassroots Campaign in Home Stretch

With a Senate Judiciary Committee vote on same-sex marriage legislation expected as soon as next week, the group leading the campaign in favor of legalization says it plans to deploy more than 300 people this weekend to knock on doors and make phone calls.

Ray Sullivan, the head of Rhode Islanders United for Marriage, says the stepped-up effort is meant to connect constituents in key Senate districts with their legislators "to carry the message and the banner that it's finally time to pass marriage equality."

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On Politics
12:13 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Intended Grandfathering Language Left out of RI Assault Weapon Bill; Drafting Error Cited

Legislative language that would allow Rhode Islanders who own guns defined as assault weapons to keep them after the July 1 effective date is missing from the relevant bill.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Political Roundtable: Rep. Chippendale Calls Heightened Enforcement Key to Curbing Gun Violence

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

State Representative Michael Chippendale (R-Foster) joins the Roundtable this week to discuss the nine-point gun-safety proposal unveiled this week by state officials, Governor Lincoln Chafee's choice to lead the state Economic Development Corporation, and other issues.

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