Study says New York Latinos support marriage equality

Times Union
May 5, 2009

The University at Albany released a study on Tuesday polling the Hispanic population of New York and surrounding states. The New York Latino Research and Resources Network (NYLARNet) surveyed more than 1,200 Hispanics in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Jose Cruz, director of NYLARNet, said the study found half of Latinos in those states supported marriage equality or civil unions despite only 18 percent identifying themselves as liberal. (Link)

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R.I.‘s dueling marriage bills elicit personal stories

The Providence Journal
February 27, 2009

In a pained voice in a packed hearing room, Mark S. Goldberg talked about his months-long battle last fall to convince state authorities to release to him the body of his partner of 17 years, Ron Hanby, so he could grant his wish for cremation -- only to have that request rejected too because "we were not legally married or blood relatives." [Link]

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Marriage Bill Returns

Providence Journal
February 27, 2009
The Rhode Island state Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony Thursday night on proposed marriage legislation. State Rep. Arthur Handy introduced an Assembly version of a marriage equality bill Wednesday, co-signed by 30 of 75 House members. [Link]

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R.I. legislators to take up annual marriage equality debate

Providence Journal
February 22, 2009
Rhode Island legislators discuss marriage equality legislation for the thirteenth year in a row as they prepare for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on marriage equality this Thursday. (Link)

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EDITORIAL: Marriage Needs a Vote

The New York Times
February 23, 2009
The New York Times editorial board urges supporters of marriage equality legislation in Rhode Island to "redouble their efforts to propel [the bills] to the floor of both houses, where a favorable vote could help raise the issue in the national consciousness." [Link]

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Marriage Hearings in Rhode Island Set for February 26

EDGE Boston
February 18, 2009
The fight for marriage equality in the Ocean State will be front and center on Thursday,February 26, as the Senate Judiciary Committee hears testimony pertaining to two bills -- one prohibiting same-sex couples from getting married and the other granting equal access to marriage for same-gender couples. [Link]

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Ocean State politicos seek marriage equality

EDGE Providence
June 24, 2008
Five members of the General Assembly have sponsored marriage equality legislation in Rhode Island this year. Rep. Frank Ferri (D-Warwick) recently celebrated the second anniversary of his marriage to Tony Caparco, and they were recognized on the floor of the House. [Link]

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COLUMN: Gay Divorce at Dead End in Assembly

Providence Journal
June 19, 2008
Political columnist M. Charles Bakst reports that Rhode Island is not likely to pass a bill this year that would allow gay and lesbian couples to divorce, perpetuating jurisdictional confusion in the courts over the issue. [Link]

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Judge raises constitutional issue in R.I. divorce case

The Boston Globe
June 12, 2008
A Superior Court judge has refused to hear the divorce case of a lesbian couple, but questioned whether the law that barred the women from ending their marriage unconstitutionally denied them a right enjoyed by non-gay Rhode Islanders. [Link]

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Legislative committees hear testimony on marriage bills

Providence Journal
May 8, 2008

For the 10th year running, the executive director of Marriage Equality RI, Jenn Steinfeld, testified in support of ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. (Link)

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