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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 06:33 PM

BREAKING: Rhode Island House Approves Marriage Equality

Rhode Island moved one big step closer to marriage equality today with the House approving the bill.

On Tuesday, it had moved out of committee for the first time in all of the previous attempts made during the last 11 years and went to the floor of the state House, where it passed 51-19 today, led by out House Speaker Gordon Gox and the bill's author Arthur Handy. But next up is what is still considered by many to be the law's greatest hurdle the Senate.


Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed personally opposes marriage equality, but she has committed to allow a Senate committee to consider the House's bill and then for it to head to the full Senate should the committee lend its support.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee has said he will sign the bill. And Chafee helped to push the bill along by predicting he'd veto a competing idea that would have put marriage equality up for a public referendum. State Sen. Frank Ciccone has proposed doing just that and is hoping to gain traction needed for his alternative.

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http://www.advocate.com/politics/marriage-equality/2013/01/24/breaking-rhode-island-house-approves-marriage-equality

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Reply BREAKING: Rhode Island House Approves Marriage Equality (Original post)
cali Jan 2013 OP
Politicub Jan 2013 #1
shenmue Jan 2013 #2
redwitch Jan 2013 #8
EastKYLiberal Jan 2013 #3
NYC_SKP Jan 2013 #4
bigwillq Jan 2013 #5
progressoid Jan 2013 #6
SidDithers Jan 2013 #7
sheshe2 Jan 2013 #9
rocktivity Jan 2013 #10
AverageJoe90 Jan 2013 #11
Scurrilous Jan 2013 #12
Nye Bevan Jan 2013 #13
Terra Alta Jan 2013 #14
iandhr Jan 2013 #15
nick of time Jan 2013 #16
Joey Liberal Jan 2013 #17
HappyMe Jan 2013 #18
Earth495 Jan 2013 #19

Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 06:34 PM

1. Rhode Island rules!

Wtg!!

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Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 06:36 PM

2. Yay!

I can't wait to move back to the Northeast.

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Response to shenmue (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 07:42 PM

8. You might want to wait until it warms up

on Monday.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 06:38 PM

3. The times are a-changin'. nt

 

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Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 06:43 PM

4. K/R! (nt)

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Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 06:46 PM

5. Woo Hoo!

K and R

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Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 07:14 PM

6. Lincoln Chafee has said he will sign the bill

WTG Governor.



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Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 07:21 PM

7. DURec for equal rights...nt

Sid

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Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 07:59 PM

9. My Sister State....RI, you are Awesome.

K&R....from MA!!!!!!

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Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 09:02 PM

10. CUE THE VONAGE THEME!


rocktivity

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Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 09:12 PM

11. K & R.

Also, Lincoln Chafee rocks.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 11:38 PM

12. K & R

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:09 AM

13. I didn't realize they didn't already have it.

From CT, welcome aboard to RI!

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:11 AM

14. I thought they already had it

so, if this passes and is signed into law, doesn't that mean all the New England states will have marriage equality? Pretty awesome.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 12:38 PM

15. Are the chances good in the Senate.

We should do a carrot and stick thing.

Pledge to support any Republican with the courage to vote yes. Primary any Dem who votes no.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 12:40 PM

16. And the cracks in the dam continue to widen.

 

Expect to see more and more states embrace marriage equality now.
Hooray for R.I.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 02:16 PM

17. Proud to be from Rhode Island!

Yes!

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Response to cali (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 03:11 PM

18. k&r



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Response to cali (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 09:25 AM

19. Hopefully

The RI Senate is full of fake Democrats so I'm cautiously optimistic about this.

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