Tell your Representative to vote yes on the Handy amendment

We’re not done yet.

Thanks to the more than 400 supporters who rallied at the State House last week, legislative leaders know we’re not going away quickly or quietly. They know that we’re in this fight for the long haul, and they know we won’t accept anything less than full marriage equality.

Last Tuesday we announced that Rep. Art Handy will introduce an amendment to the civil unions legislation that would grant full marriage rights, recognition and protections to same-sex couples.

I need you to contact your legislator now and ask them to support Rep. Handy’s amendment to the civil union bill. Because separate is never equal, and gay and lesbian couples deserve the respect and protections that only marriage can provide.

There’s a lot you can do to impact this legislative session and move marriage equality forward, but it starts by contacting your representative and encouraging them to vote yes on the Handy amendment.

The civil union bill is being heard this Wednesday in the House Judiciary Committee in Room 313 at the rise (probably around 5:00). Come, raise your voice, make sure our lawmakers know that marriage matters to you and thousands of other pro-equality Rhode Islanders. 

I know we’re all still angry about the way this deal was cut, behind closed-doors and without any input from the pro-equality community. But right now, it’s not enough to be angry. I need you to take action and call your state representative.

In solidarity,

Ray Sullivan

Campaign Director, MERI


Dr. John Carvalho on May 19, 2011 at 6:59 pm

The Civil Unions Bills has overwhelmingly passed the Rhode Island House of Representatives.  Though I realize many of us, including myself, are upset with not receiving the marriage equality bill that we wanted, I am asking that everyone move the civil unions legislation through the State Senate.  There is still much work to do, but a passage of a civil unions bill will provide a springboard for marriage equality in 2012.

John Carvalho, Ph.D.
Los Angeles

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