RI Becomes 10th State to Approve Equal Marriage
Thursday, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee signed freedom to marry legislation into law following House and Senate approval, making Rhode Island the 10th state in the U.S. where same-sex couples can receive marriage licenses.
With Chafee’s signature, all six New England states now have the freedom to marry.
Rhode Islanders United for Marriage issued the following statement:
“This is truly a proud day for Rhode Island. Gov. Chafee’s signature on this historic marriage equality legislation ensures that all families are recognized, valued and respected equally under the law,” said Ray Sullivan, Rhode Islanders United for Marriage campaign director.
“We owe a deep debt of gratitude to Speaker Gordon Fox, Representatives Arthur Handy and Frank Ferri for their commitment and leadership in the House, to Senators Donna Nesselbush and Joshua Miller and former Senator Rhoda Perry for their advocacy in the Senate, and to the tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders who made phone calls, knocked doors and wrote letters as part of the largest grassroots, legislative campaign in our state’s history.”
Marc Solomon, national campaign director of Freedom to Marry, issued the following statement:
“Today Rhode Island – and now all of New England – has embraced the freedom to marry and lived up to our American promise of liberty and justice for all. That the entire Rhode Island Senate GOP caucus joined with a vast majority of Democratic lawmakers to live up to the state’s values in voting for marriage will inspire more momentum in more states. It is time now for the Supreme Court to uphold these American values for all loving and committed couples.”
Freedom to Marry served as a lead partner in Rhode Islanders United for Marriage and helped pave the way for a victory by providing strategic guidance and counsel on all aspects of the legislative campaign, in addition to managing the campaign’s digital strategy. Freedom to Marry was the lead funder of the campaign, providing more than 0,000 to the effort in 2013.