Petition to replace Paiva-Weed if she blocks equality

Timothy Kincaid

January 24th, 2013

Currently the Rhode Island State Senate has 32 Democrats, 5 Republicans and 1 Independent. I think it reasonable to assume that there is a majority of supporters of marriage equality on the Senate in that New England State. However, Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed has used the threat of her political power to squelch any efforts in prior years to enact equality.

She may allow the bill to become law, or she may wield her power – by means of committee assignments and political positioning – to hinder its passage.

I have just started a petition on to request that Rhode Island State Senators remove her from power should she block the access of some Rhode Islanders from access to civil marriage.

For years Senate Leader Teresa Paiva-Weed has used her position to squelch efforts to enact marriage equality in Rhode Island. Now a bill has passed the House of Representatives* and will come before the Senate. Should Paiva-Weed obstruct or oppose the equality bill, we ask that you replace her as Senate Leader with someone who values the merits of equality under the law and opposes discrimination.

Please take a moment to go and add your name.


January 24th, 2013

Why predicate such a move on whether or not she allows the legislation to come up for consideration? She’s already done enough to warrant giving her the boot!

Timothy Kincaid

January 24th, 2013

Well I can’t disagree with that. But I think for a petition, we have to tie it to one tangible thing.

p.s. please sign

Lindoro Almaviva

January 24th, 2013

Well, I am not in RI, so I would not feel ok signing it,but rest assured, it is on my Facebook wall calling on anyone who knows anyone living in RI to pass it along

Lindoro Almaviva

January 24th, 2013

And Tampa, while I see your point,I think it is never too late to start applying pressure to those who stand on therapy of equality.

Neon Genesis

January 24th, 2013

Her smile in that picture really scares me.


January 24th, 2013

I *do* live in RI, and rest assured not only have I signed, but I also sent a link to the petition to several of my friends (both RI residents and residents of other states).


January 24th, 2013

Signed and shared! She has to realize that if she blocks this she’s going to look petty and vindictive.


January 24th, 2013

I signed, despite not living in that state… but feel slightly conflicted in doing so. Right is always right, but it seems a little hypocritical when I’m thankful of exactly the reverse situation in Iowa.


January 25th, 2013


She must go.

This will not be her last attempt to malign LGBT’s.

Thanks BTB!


January 25th, 2013

DEF signed and put up on facebook- live in washington state and the more signers the better pressure on her!!

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