The 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.
PRESENTED 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
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!
Here are the Marriage Equality candidates facing primaries this year.
Voting in the primaries is this Tuesday September 11th.
You can help out by heading to http://fightbackri.com/events/ and joining a Get Out The Vote campaign these few days before the elections.
Rhode Island Senate
District 9 (West Warwick) – Adam Satchell
District 14 (East Providence) – Bob DaSilva
District 19 (Cumberland, Lincoln) – Ryan Pearson
District 24 (Woonsocket, North Smithfield) – Lewis Pryeor
District 26 (Cranston) – Rev. Gene Dyszlewski
District 29 (Warwick) – Laura Pisaturo
District 33 (Coventry, West Greenwich, East Greenwich) – Dave Gorman
Rhode Island House of Representatives
District 2 (Providence) – Chris Blazejewski
District 8 (Providence) – Libby Kimzey
District 11 (Providence) – Grace Diaz
District 12 (Providence) – Joseph Almeida
District 18 (Cranston) – Art Handy
District 40 (Coventry, Foster, Glocester) – Jon Restivo
District 44 (Lincoln, Smithfield, Johnston) – Peter Petrarca
District 49 (Woonsocket) – Michael Morin
District 59 (Pawtucket) – J. Patrick O’Neill
District 63 (East Providence) – Charles Tsonos
District 65 (East Providence) – Gregg Amore
District 73 (Newport, Middletown) – Marvin Abney
First Night was a Huge Success with over 150 joining the Gay Straight Alliance and the LGBTQ Center.
Like in years past, we had a booth near the LGBTQ Center - so close, we were literally the same booth. Also, we were glad to have a former executive, Portia Burnette, with us promoting the Women's LBTQ Group.
We made frozen mocktails and provided a new signup form for people to join our group by providing a computer for people to access our form on our Website.
All in All, a successful evening.
Thank you to all our members that helped out.
(Matt Curtis, Kevin Cruz, Emily Goupil, Ryan Lee, Drew Anderson, and the many others that made this night a success were not part of this picture that happened earlier in the night)
Whew! After all that planning and work, Day of Silence has come and gone.
We've gotten over 120 signups and we haven't even finished counting. I guess free buttons are awesome and students love free stuff.
As this is the first year URI has ever had a Day of Silence organized, this is impressive especially with the other events and end of semester coming by at the end of Greek Week. Next year will only be better.
The University of Rhode Island Gay Straight Alliance.
URI Gay-Straight Alliance