Marriage Equality Rhode Island (MERI) is the only organization in Rhode Island whose mission is solely to achieve LGBTQI equality through policy change.
Equality For All
Marriage Equality Rhode Island is a grassroots organization that works to secure equal marriage rights for all Rhode Island couples, regardless of sexual orientation or identity.
MERI’s goal is to win access to marriage for all Rhode Island couples. As one of only five states without a so-called “Defense of Marriage Act,” and with open access to marriage just across the border in both Massachusetts and Connecticut, Rhode Island is uniquely poised to be a leader in the marriage equality movement.
This goal is ambitious, yet we have strong plans and strong partnerships with Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) and MassEquality, who help us build on their successes in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York to win equal marriage here in Rhode Island. We are the umbrella organization bringing others who support equal marriage together in a well-organized, comprehensive movement.
MERI believes that a civil society guarantees to all of its citizens certain civil rights; civil marriage is one of these fundamental rights. Each and every adult in Rhode Island — regardless of socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, or sexual orientation — deserves the opportunity to attain the legal protections and safeguards gained through civil marriage.