Postedon Feb 15, 2010 at 12:01 pm
Rhode Island Rep. Gordon Fox on Thursday became the first openly gay speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives after receiving votes from 51 of the 75 House lawmakers.
Postedon Feb 14, 2010 at 05:01 pm
Providence, R.I. Mayor David Cicilline, who is openly gay, announced today he will be a candidate for Congress. The two-term mayor began to consider running after U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) shocked political observers by announcing he would not run for reelection this year.
Providence became one of the largest cities in the U.S. to elect an openly gay mayor when Cicilline won his 2002 election. He was easily reelected in 2006 amid national media attention for his work turning around the fortunes of Providence, which was once beset by high crime rates and corruption.
Postedon Feb 13, 2010 at 03:03 pm
A stalwart champion of LGBT rights and the last member of the Kennedy family to serve in Congress announced on Friday plans to retire at the end of this year as a U.S. House member.
In a two-minute video, Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), the son of the late Edward Kennedy, says he won’t seek re-election, recalling his father’s “deep commitment to public service” as he explains his decision. A supporter of same-sex marriage, Kennedy voiced his support for marriage rights for same-sex couples in a statement when he announced in 2008 he would be a founding member of the LGBT Equality Caucus.
Postedon Feb 09, 2010 at 10:36 am
February 9, 2010
Both Democrats running for governor and former Sen. Lincoln Chafee, an independent candidate, will publicly pledge to sign a freedom to marry bill if elected, Marriage Equality Rhode Island said Monday. The pledges come as gay rights activists hope to capitalize on the departure of anti-gay Republican Gov. Don Carcieri, a staunch social conservative who's term limit has run out. [Link]
Postedon Jan 06, 2010 at 10:34 am
January 5, 2010
Rhode Island lawmakers voted Tuesday to allow gay and lesbian couples the right to plan the funerals of their deceased partners, overriding a veto by the governor. The override enjoyed support from several Republican lawmakers as it passed 67-3 in the House and 31-3 in the Senate. [Link]
Postedon Jan 05, 2010 at 01:03 pm
January 5, 2010
Republican Gov. Donald Carcieri and NOM of Rhode Island have issued last minute pleas to the Rhode Island General Assembly to reverse Tuesday's plans to override the governor's veto of funeral arrangement rights for same-sex couples. House leaders do not plan to back off any veto override plans, according to spokesman Larry Berman. [Link]
Postedon Nov 13, 2009 at 12:34 pm
November 13, 2009
Rhode Island Gov. Donald Carcieri said Thursday he was willing to explore expanded protections for gay couples following a meeting with the group Queer Action of Rhode Island, who expressed concern over the governor's veto of a bill that would have allowed same-sex partners to plan each other's funerals. [Link]
Postedon Nov 13, 2009 at 10:20 am
November 10, 2009
An opponent of marriage equality, Rhode Island Governor Carcieri has vetoed a bill that would have added "domestic partners'' to the list of people authorized by law to make funeral arrangements for each other. In his veto message, Republican Carcieri said: "This bill represents a disturbing trend over the past few years of the incremental erosion of the principles surrounding traditional marriage, which is not the preferred way to approach this issue." [Link]
Postedon Nov 12, 2009 at 11:14 pm
November 11, 2009
Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri vetoed legislation Tuesday that would have allowed same-sex couples in the state to plan the funerals of their deceased partners. [Link]
Postedon Oct 30, 2009 at 01:05 pm
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]