Rhode Island on Thursday became the nation's 10th state to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed, as a 16-year effort to extend marriage rights in this heavily Roman Catholic state ended with the triumphant cheers of hundreds of gays, lesbians, their families and friends.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed the bill into law on the Statehouse steps Thursday evening following a final 56-15 vote in the House. The first weddings will take place Aug. 1, when the law takes effect.
"I've been waiting 32 years for this day, and I never thought it would come in my lifetime," said Raymond Beausejour, a 66-year-old gay North Providence man who has been with his partner for 32 years. "For the first time in my life, I feel welcome in my own state."...
(PROVIDENCE, R.I.)-As the Rhode Island State Senate prepares to take action on same-sex marriage legislation, the Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, issued the following statement.
‚ÄúAs the Rhode Island Senate prepares to take action on legislation that would seek to legitimize ‚Äúsame-sex marriage,‚ÄĚ I once again urge members of the Senate to stand strong in resisting this immoral and unnecessary proposition and to defend marriage and family as traditionally defined. We should be very clear about this: it is only with grave risk to our spiritual well-being and the common good of our society that we dare to redefine what God himself has created. My prayer is that the senators will have all the wisdom and courage they need to do the right thing in this moment of decision.‚ÄĚ
Thanks Jim...Tobin, not O'Malley. The paragraph you quoted doesn't match up with what I personally heard him say on a couple of occassions...just the opposite, actually. I guess he's beginning to say what the masses want to hear; caving in to pressures from above perhaps?
WPRI Eyewitness News wrote: The bishop also emphasized that the Catholic Church "has respect, love and pastoral concern for our brothers and sisters who have same-sex attraction. I sincerely pray for God‚Äôs blessings upon them, that they will enjoy much health, happiness and peace." Some Vatican officials, reportedly including Pope Francis when he was in Argentina, have suggested supporting civil unions for gays.
I listen to talk radio while driving everyday and everyone is so overjoyed about the bill signing. There was one local pastor who called in to mention what an abomination it is, while the rest were all for it. RI, being very Catholic dense, has not seen anyone but bishop O'Malley speak out against this. Many people who call in to the different radio stations I listen to mention that they are Roman Catholic, along with two of the hosts, and they all...every one of them said they take no issue with the new law which I found surprising since the church teaches against it. The Providence Journal is the main paper here. Yesterday, there was an enormous, front page photo of house speaker, Gordon Fox, kissing his "life partner" in celebration of this wonderful event.
heaping distress upon distres wrote: independence from British rule, declaring itself independent on May 4, 1776, two months before any other colony. Rhode Island History Thankfully Rhode Island had a jolly good long ride of religious liberty. Now the tiny contingent of religious folk likely wish they could voyage home to the relatively light shackels of mother Britain.
Which means Rhode Island claims the copyright of the original antiempire battlecry
How come those in favor of homosexual marriage are not in favor of all other perverted forms of marriage? Why be in favor of one perverted form of marriage and be against other perverted forms of marriage? That does not make sense.
heaping distress upon distres wrote: ....Now the tiny contingent of religious folk likely wish they could voyage home to the relatively light shackels of Great Britain.
What a joke! The Homosexuals have a strangle hold in GB because cleverly they have occupied positions of power in politics and the media. The degree of social engineering we have experienced under the Blair regime and continue to experience under the Cameron regime is unprecedented. This is certainly not the land of religious liberty as Christians are increasingly marginalised and secularism and atheism root themselves into the hearts of the masses. Who in their right mind would want to come here?
In 1636, Roger Williams, after being banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for his religious views, settled at the tip of Narragansett Bay, on land granted to him by [Indian] tribes... He called the site Providence "having a sense of God's merciful providence unto me in my distress." Eventually it became a place of religious freedom.
Williams started the first Baptist church in America, the First Baptist Church of Providence.
Williams had himself baptized by Ezekiel Holliman in late 1638. ["Yo Zeke! Since there's nobody who's ordained around here, will you baptize me again?"]
Rhode Island was the first of the 13 original colonies to declare independence from British rule, declaring itself independent on May 4, 1776, two months before any other colony.
Thankfully Rhode Island had a jolly good long ride of religious liberty. Now the tiny contingent of religious folk likely wish they could voyage home to the relatively light shackels of mother Britain.