Marriage—and Nothing Less—in Rhode Island


Freedom to Marry: Marriage—and Nothing Less—in Rhode Island

Press Contact:
Jackie Yodashkin
Communications Manager, Freedom to Marry

(New York, NY, April 27, 2011) – Today, in response to Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox’s announcement that he will advance civil union legislation, Freedom to Marry’s National Campaign Director Marc Solomon issued the following statement:

“Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox has made a serious miscalculation.  With support for the freedom to marry topping 60 percent—higher than in any other state in the country—and with a strongly supportive governor, the Rhode Island House should send a marriage bill—and nothing less—to the Senate now.  Couples who are doing the work of marriage in their day-to-day lives, who have made a commitment in life, deserve to have an equal commitment under the law.  That legal commitment is called marriage.  Freedom to Marry is prepared to join with Speaker Fox, advocates on the ground, and a super-majority of Rhode Islanders to make the strongest case to the Senate. 

“Civil union is a separate and unequal half-step that has proven to be terribly inadequate in practice.  That’s why every New England state that started with civil union—Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Vermont—has moved to marriage.  It is also why the official New Jersey Civil Union Review Commission found that “the separate categorization established by the Civil Union Act invites and encourages unequal treatment of same-sex couples and their children.

“Freedom to Marry stands with our partners at Marriage Equality Rhode Island, with families, and with a supermajority of Rhode Islanders in determination to pass a marriage bill for RI families.” 


Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.