Saturday, January 26, 2013
The proposal to guarantee marriage rights to all Rhode Islanders now moves onto the state Senate.
Saturday, January 26
Rhode Island moved one step closer to marriage equality Thursday as the Rhode Island House of Representatives voted 51 to 19 today to allow same-sex couples to marry in the state, the Legislature announced in a release. Rep. Arthur Handy, who has introduced the bill for each of the last 11 years, said the proposal is about justice and equity for same-sex couples. “Obviously, this issue is about fairness and allowing all Rhode Islanders to have equal access to the rights and responsibilities that come with marriage, but marriage is about so much more than legal protections," Handy said in a release. "My wife and I have been married since 1997, and as we’ve worked together to raise our son, the value of having a committed, strong family has …
Friday, January 4, 2013
Tiverton's Rep. John G. Edwards and Rep. Dennis M. Canario support a bill submitted by Cranston State Rep. Arthur Handy to legalize gay marriage. After 10 years submitting the same bill, this year could be the year it finally gets to a floor vote.
For 10 years, Cranston Rep. Arthur Handy has introduced the same bill every legislative session that would allow same-sex couple to marry. Despite resubmitting the bill annually, it has never before seen the a floor vote. This year that could all change, as House Speaker Gordon Fox pledged to put a vote to the floor by the end of the month. The legislation has broad support, with 42 members of the House, including Rep. John G. Edwards (D-Dist. 70) and Rep. Dennis M. Canario (D.Dist. 71), signing on as sponsors and 11 members of the Senate. “We are long overdue. Rhode Island, the colony founded on the principle of personal liberty, is now the only New England state that doesn’t allow same-gender couples equal marriage. Rhode Islanders …
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Critics call the Rhode Island civil unions bill 'a slap in the face,' 'discriminatory' and 'the most unequal civil unions law' in America.
Rhode Islanders who would be elated to see gay marriage recognized in this state are highly critical of a civil unions bill approved by the Rhode Island Senate Wednesday night. Several people contacted Wednesday night say the bill now being sent to Gov. Lincoln Chafee is discriminatory and unfair. 'Most unequal law in the States' Sarah Jane Correia grew up in Tiverton, RI, got married and moved overseas because Rhode Island, like most U.S. states, does not recognize a marriage between same-sex partners. She wants to live in the U.S. but, unable to obtain a spousal visa for her British wife of the past five years, the couple left the country. Together, they are raising their infant son in England. Correia is back stateside this week, …