[POLL] Do You Think Rhode Island Should Allow Same Sex Marriage?

Gov. Chafee Monday said all state offices must recognize out-of-state same sex marriages and that R.I. pass marriage equality.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed an executive order recognizing out-of-state same sex marriages Monday, reported the Providence Journal.

RI Future broke the story Monday morning and reported Monday afternoon that at a press conference Monday afternoon, Chafee said “Let’s get there ourselves. This is the home of Roger Williams. Come on, let’s go.”

The state General Assembly passes a law last June allowing for same sex civil union, but for many in the gay community that isn't enough.

“While this moves us closer to full marriage equality, nothing less is sufficient, and we will keep fighting," said Ray Sullivan of Marriage Equality Rhode Island, in a press release.

According to RI Future's Bob Plain, Chafee is talking to members of the General Assembly about passing marriage equality this session. While House Speaker Gordon Fox, who is gay, appears ready to support it this year, Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed will not support it.

Do you think the General Assembly should take up marriage equality this session or is the civil union passed last year enough? Vote in the poll below and leave a comment.



Alicarn May 14, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Absolutey! Equal rights for ALL!
Pacman731 May 15, 2012 at 11:42 AM
In our society there should be NO 2nd class citizens.... If you are against same-sex marriage, then marry someone who is of a different gender.
Robert E May 15, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Equal Marriage rights have been guaranteed by the US Constitution since 1868. The 14th amendment provides equal access to legal rights for all citizens. This is a nonissue, every state law that bars any individual from access to the legal rights granted to others is unconstitutional just as all of the laws barring women from voting previous to 1920 were unconstitutional, same goes for southern laws banning African Americans from voting previous to 1967. Easy.
Exodus May 15, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Finally someone who sees eye to eye with me. I thought I was the only one.


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