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Rhode Island becomes the 10th US state to allow equal marriage

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  1. Our smallest state made an Alaska size statement tonight! I’m so proud of Rhode Island.

  2. Our smallest state made an Alaskaan size statement tonight. I’m so proud of Rhode Island!

  3. 10 States baby!!!! 10 fucking States !!! Duck yea! !!!………………… wait I’m sorry I’m getting a transmission 40 States left. Ummmm who cares party on New England !!! SOON THE WORLD.

  4. GingerlyColors 3 May 2013, 7:08am

    They may be the smallest State but this is a significant step. They only need another three States to legalise gay marriage then any efforts to amend the US Constitution to prohibit gay marriages will be guaranteed to fail as at least 38 of the 50 States would have to ratify an Amendment after it is approved by two-thirds of Congress.

    1. bobbleobble 3 May 2013, 11:01am

      Minnesota, Illinois and Delaware are all in the process of approving legislation and the Supreme Court may well return SSM to California. They’re trying their best in New Jersey too so that’s five states where something could happen over the next few months. Nevada’s state government is also putting things in motion but thanks to the constitutional ban there it’s unlikely to happen any time soon.

    2. You don’t need 13 states with marriage equality to kill a federal marriage amendment, though – you just need 13 state legislatures that wouldn’t vote to ratify, and we already have that. Look at states like California, Illinois, New Jersey, Minnesota, etc. – they don’t have marriage equality yet, but the chances of them voting to ratify an anti-gay amendment are approximately zero (and I’m rounding up). GOP candidates still trot it out on the stump as an empty sop to their base, but any real window of opportunity it had closed a long time ago.

  5. Jacob Dugan-Brause 3 May 2013, 9:31am

    One state by one, it’s the federal system in action — another way to score political change — and sometimes it works.

    Delaware perhaps next, and a US Supreme Court decision looming.

    Time to get on with our work here!

  6. Spanner1960 3 May 2013, 10:04am

    This is like some giant steamroller, it might be slow, but it squashes any critics and gets there in the end.
    Well done Rhode Island.

  7. Basic human rights should be a national issue, not something a cowardice congress leaves to individual states.

    I like the (agonizingly slow) progress, but at the moment, states don’t recognize eachother, much less from any other country. Marriage is pointless if you do any traveling between states. I live within 10 miles of a state border, and my friend gets married and unmarried 4 times per day. He’s, also, in a constant panic worrying about their taxes as they live in 1 state but work in another.

    I need to marry a Canadian; life would be much easier. I’d move there is a heartbeat!

    1. That There Other David 3 May 2013, 10:28am

      The pressure is building for this to become a national issue. Once 20 or so states and/or a majority of the US population live in states with marriage equality Congress will have to take it up. Don’t expect anything until the current GOP dominance ends or the Tea Party candidates disappear though. They’ll block every attempt in the House.

      So Rhode Island is very important. It keeps the momentum up.

  8. .....Paddyswurds 3 May 2013, 11:37am

    Congratulations to wee Rhodie on joining the rational and free world. That is New England clearly telling “Amurica” that we are now in the twenty first century and it is time to step up to the plate and leave the bronze age well behind in your wake…..

  9. Robert in S. Kensington 3 May 2013, 12:15pm

    Delaware might be a bit difficult since it narrowly passed in the senate but has to get through the full senate.

    Well done, Rhode Island. What a smack in the gob for NOM and our own version, C4M. Let’s see if this is mentioned anywhere in our media on this side of the pond.

  10. Robert in S. Kensington 3 May 2013, 1:45pm

    It needs to be pointed out that letters, emails and social media all played a huge role in turning the tide to a great result in Rhode Island. Complacency wasn’t in the cards for both gay and straight allies.

    We in the UK should pay attention. Complacency doesn’t achieve anything. StonewallUK, Out4Marriage should have mounted a campaign aimed at the Lords because you can rest assured, the opposition (C4M) are already ahead of the game. Most of those MPs who voted no on 5th February did so because far more opponents contacted them than those in support who did practically nothing in their constitutencies.

    Gay CPd couples who are apathetic should not be lulled into a false sense of equality. Rhode Island is to abolish civil unions once equal marriages start taking place on the 1st of August. It doesn’t get any clearer than that.

  11. Steve of Providence, RI 7 May 2013, 3:14pm

    Well done Rhode Island!

    Since 1997 a bill has been introduced to the Legislature and I was 11 years old at the time being called a “homo devil faggot” over and over again in the playground at my school all those years ago! I am a proud gay man and we all deserve “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”!

    “All men are created equal, have a right to equal protection under the law!”

    From the US Constitution, a clear-cut document bigots hate!

    I am crying right now! We all get there in the end in terms of equality – you just need to shove people in the right direction to we’re the wind is blowing!

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