<![CDATA[URI Gay-Straight Alliance - Right Here Right Now]]>Fri, 11 Dec 2015 07:28:41 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Proposition 8 strikes out!]]>Wed, 26 Jun 2013 18:40:23 GMThttp://urigsa.weebly.com/right-here-right-now/proposition-8“After years of struggle, the U.S. Supreme Court today has made same-sex marriage a reality in California. In light of the decision, I have directed the California Department of Public Health to advise the state’s counties that they must begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in California as soon as the Ninth Circuit confirms the stay is lifted,” 
   - Governor Brown.
The court avoided a ruling on the merits of Prop 8, saying that both the Supreme Court and a federal appeals court lacked jurisdiction to hear the case. That means a federal district court’s ruling striking down Prop 8 stands.
The ruling states the people who brought this case had no legal standing to bring the case to the Supreme Court. It clears the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California.

The group that fought for Prop 8 said it was saddened and disappointed with the ruling.

<![CDATA[DOMA is Down, I repeat DOMA is DOWN!]]>Wed, 26 Jun 2013 18:17:03 GMThttp://urigsa.weebly.com/right-here-right-now/doma-is-down-i-repeat-doma-is-down"DOMA is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment."
   - Justice
Anthony Kennedy
In today's historic landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of the United States knocks down key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act [DOMA]. DOMA restricted same sex marriages from getting the Federal Benefits given to all married couples even if the state in which they are married recognized their marriages including Social Security survivor benefits, immigration rights and family leave.
The Court ruled in favor of Marriage Equality by rejecting DOMA on the basis that the act  violated the Fifth Amendment’s protection of equal liberty by making inequality a federal law.
However, residents from states that do not recognize same-sex marriage are unaffected and will not have any benefits. This ruling merely sets the tone that marriage is not to be ruled by an act of the federal government.
This means that in Rhode Island and all of New England, Marriage Equality is the Law but in other states that same sex marriage is not recognized, we still have a lot of work to do.

Thank you to everyone who helped bring us Marriage Equality, we hope that this decision will propel us forward to the next victory in favor of Civil Rights!

<![CDATA[Yes! The Senate passed Marriage Equality!]]>Sun, 28 Apr 2013 17:59:23 GMThttp://urigsa.weebly.com/right-here-right-now/yes-the-senate-passed-marriage-equality
<![CDATA[Phonebank]]>Mon, 04 Mar 2013 18:53:04 GMThttp://urigsa.weebly.com/right-here-right-now/phonebank]]><![CDATA[Marriage Equality passes through the House Judiciary Committee]]>Thu, 24 Jan 2013 03:53:22 GMThttp://urigsa.weebly.com/right-here-right-now/marriage-equality-passes-through-the-house-judiciary-committeeThe House Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the Bill and sent it to the floor for a vote on the House Floor. 

After hearing testimony from everyday Rhode Islanders – gay and straight, friends, family, and community leaders – the committee resoundingly endorsed extending the unique protections and recognition of marriage to all loving, committed couples,” said Ray Sullivan, Rhode Islanders United for Marriage campaign director. “This historic, affirmative vote moves us one step closer to finally making the Ocean State a place where all families are valued, respected and treated equally,”

The House is expected to vote this Thursday the 24th and approve the bill.


Voice your support and let your lawmakers know: http://www.riunitedformarriage.org/petition

Governor Chafee has also released a statement declaring his commitment to signing and putting the Bill into effect when it reaches his desk:
I am pleased that, with the House Judiciary Committee’s vote this afternoon, Rhode Island has taken another significant step forward toward marriage equality.

As I noted in my State of the State Address last week, there are a number of reasons why we should bring marriage equality to Rhode Island this year. It is a civil rights issue, it is an issue of basic fairness, and it is an economic development issue. We are at an economic disadvantage with our neighboring states when we do not ‘have the welcome mat out’ for all those who want to work here and contribute to our economy. Rhode Island already lags behind all of our New England neighbors on this issue; we should swiftly remedy that for the good of our economy and the rights of our citizens.

With this afternoon’s vote, we are one step closer to the day when gay and lesbian Rhode Islanders can enjoy the same fundamental rights, benefits, and privileges as all other citizens of our state. It is my hope that that day will come soon. I urge the leaders of the House and Senate to call the roll, and I will be proud to sign this important legislation when it reaches my desk.
<![CDATA[Marriage Equality Bill Introduced]]>Fri, 04 Jan 2013 04:00:40 GMThttp://urigsa.weebly.com/right-here-right-now/marriage-equality-bill-introducedhttp://news.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/2013/01/same-sex-marriage-bills-introduced-in-ri-house-and-senate.html

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- With the 2013 legislation session in just its third day, lawmakers in the House and Senate introduced bills Thursday that would legalize same-sex marriage.

<![CDATA[World AIDS Week!]]>Tue, 27 Nov 2012 05:36:45 GMThttp://urigsa.weebly.com/right-here-right-now/world-aids-weekPRESENTED BY SAWA

The goal of AIDS Awareness Week is to re-ignite our national discourse on the world HIV/AIDS epidemic in order to create broad-scale public awareness of HIV/AIDS, end HIV stigma and discrimination and engage everyone in the fight against the disease, with the ultimate goal of ending the epidemic.

 Co-Sponsored by C.L.A.S.S., Face AIDS and GSA

Tuesday Nov.27 : Break the Silence . Memorial union . Atrium 2 . 5:30PM
Wednesday Nov.28 : Free Aids Testing . Memorial Union Gallery . 10:30-3PM
Saturday Dec.1 : Remembrance Vigil URI Quadrangle . 5:30PM

<![CDATA[New Executive Board Members]]>Fri, 16 Nov 2012 23:01:54 GMThttp://urigsa.weebly.com/right-here-right-now/new-executive-board-membersCongratulations to our new Executive Board Members who were voted in today!
Our current list of Executive Members are as follows:

- Brian Sit
- Ryan Lee
Vice President:
- Jessica Fedorko

- Skyler Plante
Public Relations Chairs: 
- Dario Rodriguez & Devlin Healey
Newsletter & Communications:
- Justin Willner
<![CDATA[Victory at the Voting Booth]]>Thu, 08 Nov 2012 22:56:37 GMThttp://urigsa.weebly.com/right-here-right-now/victory-at-the-voting-boothPicture
This Tuesday, the States of Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington have shown their support for Marriage Equality!

Question 1 legalizes Marriage Equality, reversing a 2009 referendum that lost narrowly.
Voters approved a state law passed earlier this year legalizing same-sex marriages.
Minnesota voters said "NO" to constitutional amendment 1 which would deny same-sex couples the right to marry.
Evergreen State voters approve a law passed earlier in 2012 allowing gay marriages.

The numbers tell some of it. Now there are 10 states including the District of Columbia who permit marriage equality among all people. No longer can the opponents say marriage has never won when put to the American people because three states answered yes — Maine, Maryland and Washington.
” - Washington DC Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton

Results from the elections 

<![CDATA[Halloween Party]]>Thu, 01 Nov 2012 05:04:34 GMThttp://urigsa.weebly.com/right-here-right-now/halloween-partyPicture
Our Halloween Party went amazing!

Thank you for everyone that came. DJ FB played great music and we had over 700 people attend! 

Thank you to Student Senate for the Photobooth and Uhuru Sasa for their help and support. Without Uhuru Sasa, this would not have been posible. Thank you!