Rhode Island House Speaker to Hold Vote on Freedom to Marry Bill in 2013

For Immediate Release

Organization Profile: 
Contact: 

Angela Dallara
Communications Associate
angela@freedomtomarry.org
646-430-3925

Rhode Island House Speaker to Hold Vote on Freedom to Marry Bill in 2013

WASHINGTON - Today Gordon Fox, the Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, stated that he will hold a vote on freedom to marry legislation early in the 2013 legislative session.

Marc Solomon, National Campaign Director of Freedom to Marry, issued the following statement:

“With overwhelming public support and surrounded by freedom to marry states, Rhode Island is past due for a freedom to marry law. We appreciate Speaker Gordon Fox's commitment to moving marriage legislation in 2013, and look forward to working closely with Marriage Equality Rhode Island, Speaker Fox, Governor Chafee, and other allies to secure passage of a bill early next year. Combined with a victory at the ballot in Maine this November, passing this bill will enable all loving and committed couples the freedom to marry throughout New England.”

Earlier this year, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee signed an executive order mandating that all state agencies recognize all legal marriages for same-sex couples performed outside of Rhode Island.

###

THE LAST FIREWALL AGAINST THE LIES

Independent media has become the last firewall against government and corporate lies.   Yet, with frightening regularity, independent media sources are losing funding, closing down or being blacked out by Google and Facebook.  Never before has independent media been more endangered.  If you believe in Common Dreams, if you believe in people-powered independent media, please support our critical Winter campaign now and help us fight—with truths—against the lies that would smother our democracy. Please help keep Common Dreams alive and growing.

Support Common DreamsSupport Common Dreams

Freedom to Marry is the gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide. Headed by Evan Wolfson, one of America's leading civil rights advocates and lawyers, Freedom to Marry brings new resources and a renewed context of urgency and opportunity to this social justice movement.

Share This Article

More in: