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Rhode Island Strongly Supports Marriage

Timothy Kincaid

May 27th, 2009

The legislative leadership of Rhode Island is working in conjunction to ensure that the state’s gay citizens are denied equality. (AP)

Bills legalizing gay marriage have been introduced in the Statehouse every year since 1997, but none has been approved by a legislative committee. House Speaker William Murphy and Senate President M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, both Democrats and Catholics, oppose gay marriage, and Republican Gov. Don Carcieri — another Catholic — would likely veto such a measure.

However, they do so against the strong wishes of their constituents.

A Brown University poll showed 60 percent of registered voters in the state said they would support a law allowing gay couples to marry, and 75 percent said they would support a law allowing civil unions. Thirty-one percent said they would oppose a gay marriage law.

The startling figure of 77% of Democrats favor a marriage equality bill. I think it is time that the leaders of the Democratic Party in the state of Rhode Island put the desires of their constituents ahead of the political careers of a few politicians. The need to tell leadership that unless they cease obstructing equality that they will not get the Party’s support or endorsement.

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Bruno
May 27th, 2009 | LINK

They’re Democrats. They don’t rock the boat. What else is new?

Lucrece
May 27th, 2009 | LINK

Polls are a load of crap.

Look at California, look at the recent New York poll.

occono
May 28th, 2009 | LINK

Didn’t another Poll you posted say it was 48%?

cd
May 28th, 2009 | LINK

Short rule of thumb on gay marriage polling: solid support tends to run about 10% behind the national Democratic vote percentage.

Obama/Biden got 63% of the RI vote last November.

Timothy Kincaid
May 28th, 2009 | LINK

occono,

A poll in July found 49% supportive with 37% opposed. Since that time there has been considerable discussion of marriage equality in all of Rhode Island’s neighbors and it is not at all unlikely that there has been some shift in thinking.

Interestingly, the opposition number is only 6% from the July 08 poll and the increase in support for marriage appears to have been predominantly from the “undecideds”.

Of course as with all polls, exact numbers are elusive. However, it’s fair to say that far more voters of Rhode Island favor marriage equality than oppose it. And it would appear that the trend is in our direction.

JJQR
May 29th, 2009 | LINK

Don’t forget they did elect openly-gay David Cicilline as Mayor of Providence.

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