In the last few years, hundreds of Rhode Island same-sex couples have married in Massachusetts, Canada, and beyond. Right now, these legally married same-sex couples have access to hundreds of rights and protections under Rhode Island law. But yesterday, Representatives William San Bento (D - N. Prov/Pawtucket), Arthur Corvese (D - N. Prov), Peter Palumbo (D - Cranston), Jon Brien (D - Woonsocket), and Helio Melo (D - E. Prov) introduced HB 6159 - a harsh, sweeping bill that would preclude the state or any state agencies from recognizing marriages entered into by same-sex couples elsewhere, and would define marriage as between a man and a woman. This bill was clearly introduced to counteract Attorney General Lynch’s recent opinion that state agencies should recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed legally in Massachusetts or internationally. Don’t let the legislature take away rights from Rhode Islanders! Tell your State Representative to oppose this discriminatory bill TODAY. If you live in a sponsor’s district, or if you are a married same-sex couple, it’s especially important that your legislators hear from you. And please help us pass the word along! Thank you for taking action - it’s this sort of grassroots action that will help us win!Warmly,
Jenn Steinfeld, Director, MERI
Marriage Equality Rhode Island has a petition up and says this:
Rhode Island is in a unique situation, because our laws don’t specifically ban marriage between same-sex spouses. This means two things: first, that Rhode Island same-sex couples can marry in Massachusetts, and second, that these marriages will be recognized when they return home. Attorney General Patrick Lynch made this clear last month with his statement that state agencies should recognize married employees as what they are - married.HB 6159 is a direct attack on same-sex couples! This bill was clearly designed to counteract the impact of the Attorney General’s statement, and prevent the state from recognizing marriages between same-sex spouses, even if they were legal where they were performed. If passed, it would also close the Massachusetts border to Rhode Island same-sex couples, shutting of access to marriage there.
The organization also notes that in a poll taken last April 45% of Rhode Island voters support marriage equality, with 39% opposed. The numbers for residents under 40 are even more affirming: 67% think gays and lesbians should be able to marry.
I see over at Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (why didn’t MSNBC call it by the legal name? They just called it Americans For Truth) that Peter LaBarbera is up in arms over his appearance on MSNBC. I can’t insert the video but you can see it here. What you will notice as you watch this is that Peter LaBarbera has essentially nothing to say, except to repeat over and over that parents have a right to know what their kids are learning. He repeats this about three times. And Jason Cianciotto agrees with him. However, this is what LaBarbera thinks ‘an astute observer’ will notice from watching this video:
I don’t think that Peter LaBarbera remembers what he said, or whether he actually watched himself in the video. let’s go over his four points he thinks are found in the video:
1. Jason Cianciotto never mentioned the Bible, or Christians, or biblical morality. He did justly accuse Peter LaBarbera and Americans for Truth about Homosexuality in spreading hate and fear, which makes the lives of some gays and lesbians miserable.
2. There is absolutely no mention of federal hate crime legislation at all in this video.
3. There is absolutely no mention of silencing viewpoints in this video–none whatsoever. Peter gets a chance to speak, but just repeats over and over again what he said previously.
4. And again, no mention of hate speech and/or prosecuting ‘Christians and Christian organizations.’
Maybe this is what Peter LaBarbera thinks is on that video, but he is so mistaken that you have to wonder what was going through his mind when he thought an ‘astute observer’ would see his four points. Maybe he was just dazzled that he was actually asked to be on MSNBC…
And at the end of Peter’s post, he asks his readers to take this challenge:
I will be as committed to standing against the “gay” political/cultural agenda as the homosexual activists are in pushing their Big Lie of “civil rights” based on destructive and immoral homosexual behavior.
No one including Peter LaBarbera mentioned civil rights in this video. He is clutching at straws and once again bringing up the false charges of ‘destructive and immoral homosexual behavior.’ How sad for him and how sad for the rest of us that once again have to put up with his insane obsession with all things gay and lesbian.
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