Thursday, January 6, 2011

From GLAAD - Rhode Island Legislators Plan Introduction of Marriage Equality Bill Today

Good news from my home state!

It’s been an exciting and optimistic week for marriage equality advocates, particularly those in Rhode Island.

On Tuesday, recently elected Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee called for marriage equality during his inaugural address. On the heels of the governor, Rep. Arthur Handy (D-Cranston), along with 27 co-sponsors, says he’ll introduce a marriage equality bill in the House today. Handy hopes for a hearing and vote on the measure early during the 2011 General Assembly session.

The political landscape has shifted dramatically since the marriage equality bill was last introduced during the 2010 General Assembly. Whereas Gov. Chafee (Independent) wants to see marriage equality realized in Rhode Island, his predecessor, Donald Carcieri (Republican), was not at all supportive of marriage for gay and lesbian couples.

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