Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed the bill into law on the Statehouse steps Thursday evening following a final 56-15 vote in the House. The first weddings will take place Aug. 1, when the law takes effect.
The Debate Over Same-Sex Marriage
The law prohibits same-sex couples in states where gay marriage is legal from receiving an array of federal benefits available to heterosexual married couples.
It’s not the American way to let the religious or social beliefs of some trump the rights of others.
If Rhode Island does approve same sex marriage this year, a sixth grader’s speech may take some of the credit.
The United States Supreme Court is taking on the subject…..taking on the argument started by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and if the polling trends are even close to being accurate, the argument should soon be settled…maybe sometime this summer. Most of the experts are predicting 5-4…..one way or the other.
Episcopal Bishop Nicholas Knisely says he supports gay marriage not in spite of his faith but because of it, and says gays and lesbians deserve the same marriage rights as any other couple.
The Supreme Court plunged into the contentious issue of gay marriage Friday when it agreed to take up California’s ban on same-sex unions and a separate dispute about federal benefits for legally married gay couples.
A gay couple has sued the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester for allegedly refusing to sell them a Northbridge mansion because church officials were concerned they would host gay weddings at the site.
Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown says he disagrees with the CEO of fast food chain Chick-fil-A, whose opposition to gay marriage has touched off a national furor.
Brown said he was glad company president Dan Cathy later clarified that his company doesn’t discriminate.