Rhode Island, USA: Marriage Equality Could Be Derailed By Senate Democratic Leadership

Written by scott on January 26th, 2013

Rhode Island Senate president Teresa Paiva WeedWe’ve come to expect this from Republicans, who throw up roadblocks to any and all progress by the LGBT community. But it’s rather sickening to see it from fellow democrats, especially now when the party has clearly thrown its weight behind marriage equality, and especially in as liberal a state as Rhode Island.

LGBTQ Nation is reporting that Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed is now calling for religious exemptions as a qualification for passing the Rhode Island marriage equality bill:

Teresa Paiva Weed said she remains opposed to the bill and has heard that the sticking point for many senators is on how broad of a religious exemption is included in the only New England state that doesn’t allow same-sex marriage.

Weed also said she has no intention to hurry the bill through the Senate:

The Newport Democrat said she doesn’t want to fast-track the legislation and promised a “full and fair debate” on what she said is a personal and emotional issue for many lawmakers.

How do people like this end up in power in the Democratic Party in places like Rhode Island?


3 Comments so far ↓

  1. Jay Grigas says:

    Why is it always about the religion. Did’t Thomas Jefferson say “The Seperation of Church and State”. Leave religion out of marriage between two people. I’ve been with my ‘Partner’ for 40 years. Or, should I say, we have been “engaged” for 40 years. If the church or temple or mosque won’t marry us, at least let us go to the judge.

  2. James Higgins says:

    I see nothing wrong with religious exemptions. Certainly, allowing them helped get marriage equality in NY state. I do not care if a church doesn’t want to perform my marriage. I care that I have equal rights in the places it does matter.

  3. Larry says:

    Sick to death of hearing about ‘religious exemptions’ —- this government seems to be more concerned with placating the bishops, rabbis and ministers than in providing the legal equality to its citizens which it claims to guarantee.

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