New Rhode Island governor calls for marriage equality

The newly-elected governor of Rhode Island has used his first speech to urge the legalization of the freedom to marry:

"When marriage equality is the law in Rhode Island, we honor our forefathers who risked their lives and fortune in the pursuit of human equality. Rhode Island today must be as welcoming to all as [founder] Roger Williams intended it to be. Mark my words, these two actions will do more for economic growth in our state than any economic development loan."

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2011 R.I. Assembly: Expect a battle on marriage equality among other issues

The drive to legalize the freedom to marry — among other items — has set the stage for months of late-night hearings and high-stakes battles in the Rhode Island State House.

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N.Y. Marriage: Hey, you never know

There is work to be done in 2011, but marriage equality advocates are betting on improved odds with a Republican senate majority in New York State.

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Donate today and we’ll double your donation

Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge explain why they've committed to matching every contribution to Freedom to Marry between now and the end of the year, up to $100,000.

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Chafee reiterates pro-marriage stance

In a letter sent by an aide on behalf of Lincoln Chafee, the Rhode Island Governor-elect's longtime position on the freedom to marry was clearly restated: "The governor elect feels that the issue should be addressed as soon as possible by the General Assembly, and does not believe that the question should be decided by a ballot referendum.”

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Get Busy Winning

Gill Action Fund deputy executive director Bill Smith: "For those who have been panicking about this month’s election returns, take a deep breath. Rumors of our demise have been greatly exaggerated."

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Chafee’s election renews hope for R.I. marriage equality movement

Following the recent gubernatorial election of self-proclaimed gay-rights champion Lincoln Chafee '75 P'14, the 2011 political stage is finally set for the passage of a freedom to marry bill in Rhode Island.

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View From Washington

Despite the first two years of the Obama administration leaving progressives dissatisfied, Evan Wolfson points out: '"Even if we can’t get the political advances, we have a tremendous opportunity to do the public engagement work that absolutely needs to be done in order to lay the foundation for the defensive fights we might have to endure and for when the political climate changes."

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Freedom to Marry Voices for Equality figure prominently in 2010 election

Many of Freedom to Marry’s Voices for Equality figured prominently in the 2010 election cycle.

Have you checked out our over 1300 VFEs lately?

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Cicilline victory gives Congress 4th gay member

David Cicilline, the mayor of Providence, R.I., defeated his Republican opponent, John Loughlin, to become the fourth openly gay member of Congress.

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