Rhode Island becomes 10th US state to legalize gay marriage

Governor Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island has just signed legislation make gay marriages legal in the state.


Rhode Island Governor Chafee signs gay marriage bill.

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18 Responses to “Rhode Island becomes 10th US state to legalize gay marriage”

  1. Jim Olson says:

    I was trying to be a little silly with the math. Illinois civil unions only count as 1/2.

  2. BeccaM says:

    Only if one adopts Conservative history and accepts it in lieu of reality.

  3. Stev84 says:

    But it’s newer than the internet!

  4. Actually they just expanded regular marriage to include same-sex couples.

  5. S1AMER says:

    We have a few more states in the relatively do-able category, which should get us to 15-or-so marriage equality states within a year or two, and another five or so over the next several years. But then we’re up against the 25-30 hard-core homophobic states, and few of them will move toward enlightenment without an eventual Supreme Court decision.

    In other words, unless SCOTUS shows true decency and courage this summer (hah!), we have many years of work (and fund-raising to support the work) ahead of us.

  6. It’s just a matter of time before California rids itself of Proposition 8. If we didn’t have such reactionary governors, I’d expect the pressure on Pennsylvania and New Jersey would push them toward the same.

  7. I agree, but they will not abandon their perverse view of sex, going all the way back to Augustine. What I recently found out on You Tube were the forbidden books of the Bible, which show a very different story about women and sex. Athanasius was very clever to slant Christianity toward the patriarchal nonsense even the Protestants still have. I now doubt that anyone can really know who Jesus Christ was and what his mission on earth was.
    Finally, celibacy had its purpose only in the Middle Ages. The church did not want a priestly class, like the Hindus. Well, the Middle Ages were ending a half millennium ago. In 1513, Martin Luther had already been to Rome and Ulrich Zwingli was coming to the same conclusions about Roman dominance in a Europe producing national states out of feudalism..

  8. BeccaM says:

    No, because it’s ‘separate and inherently unequal.’ There are 9 states that have some form of recognition of legal partnership rights for gay and lesbian couples, ranging from NJ’s law which explicitly say their civil unions are supposed to be exactly the same as marriage, down to California’s more exhaustive domestic partnership, to Wisconsin’s extremely limited domestic partnership.

    So that’s nearly 2/5 of the states in all, but only 10 that have actually gone for full marriage equality.

  9. MyrddinWilt says:

    I didn’t say they had changed their position, just that they have stopped making gay bashing their top priority.

    Kind of makes a difference when the number #1 guy isn’t the same guy who had to cover up all the pedophilia under Jean-Paul 2 any more.

    Doesn’t make them a force for good but they aren’t quite the force for evil that they were 6 months ago and they know that this is a fight they have lost.

    There is so much wrong with that institution that fixing the gay hating isn’t the only thing or necessarily the most important thing they need to change. There is the women hating thing as well. Mary Magdalene is owed an apology to boot.

    Most important reform is the one Benedict made this year by resigning and setting the precedent that the church does not need to be led by a senile pope who might take ten or twenty years to die.

    Getting rid of the celibacy rules that attract/create rapist priests should probably be the top priority.

  10. Jim Olson says:

    Illinois has Civil Unions. Does that make 11 states?

  11. AdmNaismith says:

    Colorado also legalized Civil Unions, effective May 1. That isn’t as impressive, but that will be turned into equal marriages soon enough. Let the math show 10 1/2 states.

  12. Badgerite says:

    I sense a trend.

  13. PLAINTOM says:

    This would be the same Catholic Church that sanctified the third marriage of Newt Gingrich (admitted adulterer) to Callista (one of the women he committed adultery with). Pardon me, if I doubt their moral authority concerning marriage.

  14. nicho says:

    No, but if you’re well connected and/or willing to pony up enough money, the Catholic Church will give you an “annulment,” (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) even if you have five kids.

  15. BeccaM says:

    True, but when’s the last time you heard a Catholic priest or bishop pronounce that a no-fault divorce law was tantamount to Satan literally clapping with glee?

    Or a Pope denounce divorce as “a threat to mankind” as well as “insidious and dangerous”?

  16. MyrddinWilt says:

    I think that is passed long since. Even the GOP has given up and not just on marriage.

    The Catholic church has not budged yet, but they did recently point out that they don’t recognize straights who remarry after a divorce as if they were saying ‘hey don’t mind us we know what we have to say is stupid but we are going to say it anyway.’

  17. houstonray says:

    1/5 of the country now…tides, they are a turnin’!

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