marriage equality

“I Say, Choose Love”

Rhode Island’s newest hero is Wheeler sixth-grader Matthew Lannon who testified about his own family at Thursday’s Senate Judiciary hearing on the same-sex marriage bills. The marathon hearing lasted until 5am Friday morning; we hope Lannon was allowed to testify early on, it being a school night. His composure and poise under such circumstances was …

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Hearing On Gay Marriage Bills At State House

(3.21) The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing on marriage for same-sex couples this Thursday, March 21, at 4pm. Ocean State Action invites everyone to show their support. This will be the only hearing on the marriage equality legislation recently passed by the House. However, opponents of equality have introduced a dangerous resolution to …

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NOM Defector Speaks Out

“I remember verbally asking myself, why am I here?” Thus began NOM member Louis Marinelli’s gradual but inexorable shift, from working against marriage equality through the nation’s highest-profile activist group, National Organization for Marriage (NOM) to abandoning that group to instead work for democratic equality. Specifically, it was during NOM’s “Summer for Marriage” summer tour …

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Gay Marriage Proved And Disproved

Former state rep and math prof Rod Driver writes this: Year after year opponents warn legislators that permitting same-sex couples to marry would undermine the institution of marriage and hurt society. I’ve tried, without success, to understand their reasoning, and thought I’d heard everything. But recently at the Rhode Island State House a new wrinkle …

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Equality Wins: Rhode Islanders Set Stage For Marriage Equality Win In 2011

MERI calls for Equality Now Providence. Marriage Equality Rhode Island PAC (MERI PAC) congratulates marriage equality advocate Governor-Elect Lincoln Chafee (I) and the vast number of marriage equality victors in the General Assembly races. “The impact of this election is monumental,” said Patrick Smock, chair of MERI PAC. “We are ready,” Smock said. “Rhode Islanders …

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MERI Un-endorses Caprio

Caprio’s officially, completely, one hundred percent, out of control. No games with civil rights. No second class citizens. Marriage Equality Rhode Island PAC (MERI PAC) is forced to revoke its endorsement of Frank Caprio (D) in the gubernatorial race after his statement last night at the League of Women Voters debate, and his Facebook post …

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MERI PAC Endorses Equality Statewide Candidates in the November 2nd General Election

Equality candidates reflect the will of 59 percent of Rhode Island voters supporting civil marriage rights for ALL Providence.  Marriage Equality Rhode Island PAC (MERI PAC) is pleased to announce the endorsements of equality candidates running for statewide office in the Nov. 2, 2010 general election. The endorsed candidates are: GOVERNOR: Kenneth Block, Moderate; Frank …

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Camelot Benefit Performance For Marriage Equality RI

6 pm — Wine Reception 7:30pm — Theatre Presentation Thursday, October 7, Trinity Repertory Company Marriage Equality Rhode Island is excited to host a presentation of the musical Camelot. King Arthur has everything — peace, prosperity and a happy marriage, but will the arrival of the handsome Lancelot change Camelot forever? Trinity Rep’s re-imagining of …

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Biking for Student Support of Marriage Equality Today, Sept. 15, and Sept. 20

Executive director of the Rhode Island Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers to visit three college campuses Rick Harris, executive director, National Association of Social Workers, RI Chapter, will ride his bike through three colleges in Rhode Island over the next week to discuss the issue of marriage equality with students and encourage …

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The Wheels On The Bus Go NOM, NOM, NOM

This Sunday the National Organization for Marriage and their Hateful Nonsense Wagon will be pulling up on Smith Hill to remind us that God only wants certain people to receive health care benefits and death rights.  Their One Man One Woman Summer of Hate tour kicked off yesterday in Maine and drew about a hundred …

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National Organization For Marriage’s Radical Anti-Gay Agenda

Queer Action and I both have articles posted elsewhere — here and here, respectively — about the icky letter that the RI chapter of the National Organization for Marriage sent to legislators last week in opposition to the override of the funeral rights legislation veto.  From Queer Action: This letter is written proof that NOM-RI …

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Whoopsie

With the General Assembly’s likely overturn of the Domestic Partners Funeral Arrangements bill’s veto by Gov. Carcieri only days away, NOM-RI’s Christopher Plante has issued an entreaty not to overturn the veto — arguing, among other things, that adequate provision already exists under Rhode Island law. To wit: The right of any person, without regard …

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