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R.I. Bar Association supports same-sex marriage bill

As originally published on March 25th in the Providence Jounral

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—The Rhode Island Bar Association announced Friday that it backs a bill that would allow same-sex couples to marry.

In a statement on its website, the association says its House of Delegates voted this week to support the bill because it “affects the administration of justice” and “promotes both an accessible and effective legal system as well as equality in the courts.“

“All of these principles are important and core values to the Rhode Island Bar Association and the legal profession as a whole,“ the group said in its message.

Marriage Equality Rhode Island, in its own statement, applauded and thanked the bar association for “lending their depth of knowledge and legal expertise to such an important matter.“

“The Rhode Island Bar Association’s support of marriage equality is further proof that efforts to extend the full protections and privileges of marriage to all Rhode Islanders is a simple matter of access to justice,“ said Martha Holt, a Marriage Equality Rhode Island board member.

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