same-sex marriage

On Politics
4:51 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

TGIF: 8 Things to Know About RI Politics + Media

Rhode Island, you do us proud with your ceaseless stream of unexpected political developments. Happy Friday, and welcome back. You're tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Here we go:

1. Former state treasurer Frank Caprio's is on the comeback trail after his gubernatorial campaign melted down in 2010: he's planning to run for treasurer next year, regardless of who else might be in the race.

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On Politics
3:20 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Rhode Island's New Day

Change happens slowly in politics. Except when it doesn’t. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains the forces behind Rhode Island’s reversal on gay marriage.

The Ocean State is poised to become the 10th  state in the nation to recognize same sex marriages and join our five New England neighbors in the vanguard of the movement for equal treatment for our gay citizens.

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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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RI News
9:14 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Clears Crucial Senate Vote

Larry Bacon (left) and David Burnett of Newport, Rhode Island have been waiting to get married since 1976.
Credit Ian Donnis/RIPR

The gallery of the Senate erupted in cheers when the chamber voted by a margin of two-to-one to legalize same sex marriages.  The House overwhelmingly approved the same legislation in January. Senate bill sponsor Donna Nesselbush of Pawtucket who is openly gay called it an issue of historic importance.

"To each and every senator in this room," Nesselbush said, "the eyes of the nation are upon us and we are poised to become the 10th state in the nation to join the force for equality that is sweeping our great nation."

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Same-Sex Marriage Legislation
6:55 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

RI On Its Way to Same-Sex Marriage

Sen. Donna Nesselbush celebrates with a hug the passage of same-sex marriage legislation in the state senate.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Rhode Island is on track to become the 10th state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriages.  The state Senate has overwhelmingly approved two nearly identical bills that would legalize such unions. The bill could go to the governor for his signature as early as next week.

The gallery of the Senate erupted in cheers when the chamber voted by a margin of two-to-one to legalize same-sex marriages.  The House overwhelmingly approved the same legislation in January. Senate bill sponsor Donna Nesselbush of Pawtucket, who is openly gay, called it an issue of historic importance.

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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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Same-Sex Marriage Legislation
3:54 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Legislation Heads to Senate Floor

A crowd filled room 313 to hear the Senate Judiciary Committee approve same-sex marriage bill
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage on a 7 – 4 vote. A bill putting the issue up for referendum was defeated by a 6 – 5 vote.

The vote was greeted with jubilation by same sex marriage supporters gathered in a Statehouse hearing room. Supporters say they’re hopeful the committee vote signals full Senate approval. The bill will go to a full Senate vote Wednesday.

Reaction to the Vote

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Local Features
8:46 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Perspective on Upcoming Same-Sex Marriage Vote

The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to weigh in on same-sex marriage on Tuesday.  Rhode Island Public Radio Political Analyst Scott Mackay talks with us about the significance of the scheduled vote, and what to expect from legislators.  

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