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R.I. to join rest of New England when gay marriage law takes effect Thursday

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Federico Santi and John Gacher have been a couple for four decades, so they plan to waste little time when Rhode Island joins the rest of New England in extending marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples on Thursday. [ Read more → ]
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Rhode Island Senate leader: Religious exemptions key to marriage debate

Friday, January 25, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The fate of marriage equality legislation in Rhode Island could hinge on the exemptions it affords religious groups that oppose it, the state Senate president said Friday, just one day after the House overwhelmingly passed the bill. [ Read more → ]

Rhode Island state House expected to vote on same-sex marriage Thursday

Thursday, January 24, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Rhode Island House is poised to debate and vote on legislation that would allow gay and lesbian couples to marry -- the first time the issue has gone to a legislative vote in the only New England state without same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Marriage equality bill approved in committee, heads to vote in RI House

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Legislation to allow gay marriage in Rhode Island is headed for a vote in the state House of Representatives after being unanimously endorsed Tuesday by a legislative committee. [ Read more → ]

Smallest state is big battleground on same-sex marriage

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Hundreds of supporters of same-sex marriage rights assembled at the Rhode Island Statehouse on Tuesday, urging lawmakers to make the nation's smallest state the 10th to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed — and the last to do so in New... [ Read more → ]
Lincoln Chafee

R.I. governor warns he will veto efforts to put same-sex marriage to a public vote

Thursday, January 10, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee said Thursday that he would likely veto any attempt to put same-sex marriage to a public vote, and said state lawmakers owe it to voters to decide the issue in the legislature. The Rhode Island House of Representatives is scheduled to vote within weeks on legislation that would allow same-sex couples to marry, however opponents of same-sex marriage have expressed their support for alternative legislation that would put the question before voters. [ Read more → ]

Rhode Island legislature likely to consider same-sex marriage bill in 2013

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Rhode Island state Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed (D-Democrat) said Monday that, despite her opposition to same-sex marriage, she expects the issue will be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee in the upcoming legislative session if the House advances a bill. [ Read more → ]

Rhode Island governor says primary race ‘pivotal’ for marriage equality

Thursday, September 6, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The independent governor of Rhode Island said Tuesday that an upcoming Democratic primary could be key in determining whether the state will pass same-sex marriage legislation next year. [ Read more → ]
Lincoln Chafee

R.I. governor orders state recognition of legally married same-sex couples

Monday, May 14, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee on Monday issued an executive order directing state agencies to recognize same-sex marriages performed out of state as legal, and to treat married same-sex couples in the same manner as married heterosexual couples. [ Read more → ]

‘Commitment Campaign’ aims to reshape the debate on gay marriage

Monday, November 7, 2011
A bipartisan group backing legalization of same-sex marriage launched a new campaign on Monday, aimed at reshaping the debate from the topic of marriage "equality" to the value of "commitment." [ Read more → ]
Stephanie Chafee

Rhode Island first lady to officiate same-sex civil union ceremony

Sunday, October 23, 2011
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. -- Rhode Island's First Lady Stephanie Chafee, wife of Gov. Lincoln Chafee, has announced that she will perform a same-sex civil union ceremony for two close friends. [ Read more → ]
Lincoln Chafee

Rhode Island governor signs ‘flawed’ same-sex civil unions bill into law

Saturday, July 2, 2011
Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee on Saturday signed into law legislation legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]

NOM attacks Rhode Island governor over marriage equality

Sunday, February 6, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Governor Lincoln Chafee’s support of marriage equality for same-sex couples isn’t sitting well with the National Organization For Marriage (NOM). They’re spending thousands more on a new ad attacking the Governor. [ Read more → ]
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