The impact of the Supreme Court’s forthcoming decision on the constitutionality of DOMA will extend far beyond the equal protection aspects of the law.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Did you change your Facebook page or wear red yesterday to support same-sex marriage? Upload a pic here to show your support!
If you visited Facebook yesterday, you likely saw red - but not the for the usual reasons. Many Facebook users changed their profile picture today to a pink equal sign with a red background in support of same-sex marriage. Did you change your picture or wear red? Show your support for same-sex marriage by uploading the same equal-sign picture above or a picture of you wearing red. To upload, just click on the green "upload photos and videos" button. Let us know if you support or oppose same-sex marriage bills in the comment section below! The social media change comes as the U.S. Supreme Court takes up Proposition 8, California’s gay marriage ban. In 2008, Californian residents voted in support of Proposition 8, which banned same-sex …
Friday, February 15, 2013
The Newport County Chamber of Commerce released a statement recognizing the positive impact marriage equality would have on the local economy.
The Board of Directors of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce has issued a statement endorsing same-sex marriage legislation in Rhode Island. The NCCC said in its release that it recognizes “the positive economic impact seen by the hospitality and wedding industries in states, including our neighboring New England states, with marriage equality.” “Marriage equality could have a substantial positive economic impact on our members, especially in the hospitality and wedding industries,” said Laura F. Pedrick, chair of the Newport County Chamber Board of Directors. “Currently, Rhode Island is at a competitive disadvantage with our New England neighbors who already have marriage equality.” The day after the House Judiciary Committee …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The proposal to guarantee marriage rights to all Rhode Islanders now moves onto the state Senate.
The Rhode Island House of Representatives voted 51 to 19 on Thursday to allow same-sex couples to marry in Rhode Island, the Legislature announced in a release. The bill’s primary sponsor, Rep. Arthur Handy, who has introduced the bill for each of the last 11 years, said the measure is about justice and equity for same-sex couples, but is also emotional and personal for so many who have worked for years for marriage equality. “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 …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The state House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote on the controversial measure for 3 pm on Jan. 22.
A vote by the State House Judiciary committee on a bill allowing same-sex marriage in Rhode Island is scheduled for a vote this afternoon, Jan. 22, at 3 p.m., the General Assembly Press Bureau announced. The "Equal Access to Marriage" bill — submitted in the House by Cranston Rep. Arthur Handy and co-sponsored by Rep. Kenneth A. Marshall (D-Dist. 68, Bristol, Warren) — would make Rhode Island the last state in New England to allow same-sex marriages, and would recognize any civil unions as marriages. According to a release from the General Assembly Press Bureau, "no further testimony will be taken at this hearing." The agenda for today's hearing is attached to this article. What's your take? Is it about time the government stops …