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Fundamentally flawed civil union bill passes the RI Senate

Marriage Equality Rhode Island Board Chair Martha Holt issued the following statement today after the Senate’s vote to pass civil union legislation containing the dangerous and discriminatory Corvese Amendment:
“We are extremely disappointed that the Senate brazenly ignored the commonsense objections raised by equality and civil rights leaders here and across the country. This civil union bill contains dangerous and discriminatory language that, without question, will cause significant harm to countless gay and lesbian couples in loving, committed relationships, and we will continue to fight it through whatever means are necessary. Furthermore, we renew our request that the governor veto this hurtful and ill conceived bill. To not do so would be a slap in the face to the gay and lesbian community, and every Rhode Islander who cares about equal rights and protections for all our state’s citizens.”

Contact Governor Chafee’s office at (401) 222-2080.

7 comments

Sam on June 30, 2011 at 7:27 am

When is the rally at the State House to tell Gov Chafee what we think??

Tony Pelliccio on June 30, 2011 at 7:40 am

Of course it’s not fundamentally flawed, but grossly flawed. It’s going to end up in the courts sooner than later.

And I so want to smack Speaker Fox and Senate President Paiva-Weed for this. Fox for doing the old bait and switch, and Paiva-Weed for being for civil unions despite her obstinacy on marriage equality.

In a word, both need to go.

Quentin on June 30, 2011 at 12:22 pm

I’m with Sam.  Seems like this could be the last chance to have a rally that could have some impact on the Governor.  We need leaders and citizens speaking out to convince the Governor to do the right thing and kill the bill.  It’s beautiful weather for a rally…

Steve Ahlquist on July 01, 2011 at 12:42 pm

I agree. When is the rally at the State House? I want to be there, get loud, and let the Governor know that it’s time for executive action, not compromise.

Steve Ahlquist on July 01, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I’ve got people from Boston who want to come down here and help do something. Let’s get going here.

Sam on July 01, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Sadly, this group seems to believe that issuing the occasional press release is enough, when it obviously isn’t.

Civil rights battles aren’t won sitting at a desk sipping Starbucks, playing with iPhones and hoping for the best.

With all due respect - DO SOMETHING! ANYTHING!

Steve Ahlquist on July 02, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Oh well. Too late. Chayefsky Ed the bill, and once more we the people end end with compromised, morally corrupt and unConstitutional laws being signed despite everyone involved knowing that they are doing the wrong thing. Insane.

And what was MERI doing while this went down?

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