People For the American Way

PFAW Celebrates Passage of Marriage Equality Bill in Rhode Island Senate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 24, 2013

Contact: Layne Amerikaner or Miranda Blue at People For the American Way

Email: media@pfaw.org

Phone Number: 202-467-4999

WASHINGTON – Today the Rhode Island Senate passed a bill that would allow same-sex couples to marry, setting the stage for Rhode Island to become the tenth state in the nation with full marriage equality.  A similar bill has already passed the State House and Gov. Lincoln Chafee has expressed his support for marriage equality in the past.

“Today marks an important step forward and a powerful victory for all Rhode Island families,” said Michael Keegan, President of People For the American Way. “As Rhode Island moves toward becoming the tenth state to allow same-sex couples to marry, the growing momentum for marriage equality nationwide is undeniable. Lawmakers in Rhode Island have come to see what people all over the country understand – that preventing same-sex couples from getting married brings serious harm to women and men in loving, committed relationships.”

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