Monday, May 14, 2012
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 …
Monday, February 13, 2012
Tom and Janet Joyce have been married 49 years.
A lot of people know Tom and Janet Joyce. Tom was an East Greenwich police officer for 47 years. Janet ran the town's welfare office in the 1980s and '90s and she's the director of the Barbara M. Tufts Cooperative Preschool. They are, in short, town fixtures. For Valentine's Day, however, we focused on Tom and Janet, the couple. Janet, who grew up on River Farm when it actually was a farm, and Tom, a football-loving product of Irish Pittsburgh. Happy Valentine's Day Tom and Janet!
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Under the bill, same sex couples would have the same rights as heterosexual married couples.
East Greenwich Patch is looking for your reaction to the civil unions bill that passed the Rhode Island Senate on June 29, just over a month since a similar bill, sponsored by Johnston Rep. Peter Petrarca, cleared the House. Petrarca's bill gained momentum after a same-sex marriage bill, sponsored by Rep. Frank Ferri of Warwick, didn't make it out of committee. Gov. Lincoln Chafee is expected to sign the civil union legislation as early as today. The bill would allow towns to issue same-sex couples a certificate, much like a marriage license, that provides legal standing for their relationship. It does not require religious institutions to recognize or provide civil union certificates. (Find the bill, House 6103, at the General Assembly's …