Making marriage a reality in Rhode Island
March 29, 2011
Greetings from the Ocean State! I’m on the ground this week in Rhode Island working with our local partners at Marriage Equality Rhode Island to ramp up support the freedom to marry. Momentum for marriage in RI is at an all time high, and each day, more and more Rhode Islanders are speaking out against marriage discrimination.
After multiple polls have shown that a majority of Rhode Islanders support ending marriage discrimination, a diverse range of elected officials and civic organizations have publicly announced their support for marriage equality, including Democratic Party Chairman Ed Pacheco, Republican Mayor of Warwick Scott Avedisian, the RI AFL-CIO, the RI Bar Association, and the Newport City Democratic Committee.
For so many Rhode Island couples, winning the freedom to marry means ensuring the critical safety net that they need to protect their families. And since it is likely that the House will vote on the marriage bill in the coming weeks, it’s more important than ever that every pro-equality Rhode Islander calls, writes, and meets with their legislators. CLICK HERE TO CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS NOW.
Marriage Equality Rhode Island’s staff and volunteers are taking action throughout the state every day, and if you’re in Rhode Island, there’s certainly an action happening near you. Sign up to take action with MERI here and someone will be in contact with you shortly to figure out a time that works for your schedule.
Freedom to Marry is proud to be working with MERI and a diverse range of coalition partners to move marriage forward. And personally, I can’t wait to get back to Providence to continue working with the MERI team. This could be the year that the exclusion of loving and committed couples from marriage in Rhode Island is finally brought to an end. Join us in making history!