Same-Sex Couples in Rhode Island May Get Funeral Arrangement Rights

The Providence Journal
October 30, 2009
A bill passed in a busy Rhode Island General Assembly session on Thursday night would give same-sex couples the right to make funeral arrangements for “domestic partners,” defined as people who have lived together for at least one year “in an exclusive, intimate and committed relationship." The bill must now avoid a gubernatorial veto before becoming law. [Link]

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Come out and MARCH to the State House for Marriage Equality in Rhode Island

Marriage Equality Rhode Island
Date of March: October 17, 2009

March with your neighbors, friends, family or local organization. Every community in Rhode Island will be represented. Carry the sign for your town! Our New England sister states will all join us in our call to action. Don’t miss this great day of solidarity and action….and fun. [Link]

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EDGE Talks to NOM: Anti-Marriage Group Details Rhode Island Plans

August 31, 2009
EDGE managed to get the Executive Director of NOM’s Rhode Island chapter, Christopher Plante, to sit down for a face-to-face interview to provide his perspective on NOM’s anti-gay mission. [Link]

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Tim Hortons backs out of anti-gay event

CBC News
August 10, 2009

Tim Hortons has reversed its decision to sponsor a Rhode Island rally held by a U.S. group that opposes marriage equality, after encountering fierce criticism for the move. (Link)

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No Floor Vote for Freedom to Marry in Rhode Island

The Associated Press
June 28, 2009
Rhode Island seems almost certain to remain the only New England state that does not recognize gay marriage after measures legalizing same-sex unions stalled just before the part-time General Assembly ended the bulk of its annual work. This despite a poll released by Brown University last month which showed 60 percent of registered Rhode Island voters would support a law allowing gay couples to marry, and 75 would support a law allowing civil unions. [Link]

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It is time for us to make marriage equality in Rhode Island a reality

Bay Windows
June 17, 2009
Earlier this month, the New Hampshire legislature took another step in our country’s ongoing struggle to ensure full equality for gays and lesbians by voting to permit same-sex couples in their state to legally enter into civil marriages. The vote makes New Hampshire the sixth state in the country - along with Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont and Maine - to provide equal marriage rights to all its residents, and it now leaves Rhode Island as the only New England state that does not permit the freedom to marry. To me, the issue of marriage equality boils down to a question of basic fairness. [Link]

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Marriage Equality: A Question of Fairness

Huffington Post
June 19, 2009

Former Sen. Lincoln Chafee writes, "Rhode Island legislators should follow in the footsteps of our fellow New England states and be true to our pioneering history of tolerance by advancing a marriage equality bill. But for that to happen, all of us in Rhode Island who believe in full equality need to do our part by voicing support for same-sex marriage loudly and clearly." (Link)

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In Rhode Island, some wary as tide of marriage equality rises at border

The Boston Globe
June 15, 2009

Massachusetts and Connecticut legalized the freedom to marry as a result of judicial decisions in 2003 and 2008, while Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire followed this spring by legislative action. The slower pace in Rhode Island, where the state Senate voted last week to allow same-sex partners to make funeral arrangements, has frustrated some local activists, many of whom rallied outside the State House in Providence last weekend to call for immediate equality. "They still have a chance to be part of the vanguard," said attorney Karen L. Loewy, the Rhode Island point person for GLAD, which won the lawsuits in Massachusetts and Connecticut that legalized marriage equality in those states. "Rhode Island is well on its way." [Link]

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Hundreds rally at Rhode Island State House in support of freedom to marry

June 8, 2009
Rhode Island remains the only state in New England to not allow gays and lesbians to tie the knot. "We have waited long enough," state Rep. Frank Ferri (D-Warwick) told the crowd on Saturday as he stood alongside his husband, Tony Caparco. "The time for equality is now." Ferri cited public opinion polls that show the majority of Rhode Island citizens support the freedom to marry. A recent Brown University poll showed 60 percent of the respondents back marriage equality in the state. [Link]

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Poll: Majority of RI Voters Favor Marriage Equality Law

Associated Press
May 27, 2009
A Brown University poll showed 60 percent of registered voters in the state said they would support a law allowing gay couples to marry, and 75 percent said they would support a law allowing civil unions. Thirty-one percent said they would oppose a marriage law. [link]

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