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  • Take Action! Ask Your Representative to Support the Freedom to Marry in Committee!

    We’re poised to make history here in the Ocean State. We've passed a marriage equality bill through the Senate, and the Governor has promised to sign it. Now we just need approval from a majority of our Representatives!

    But before the bill can reach the House floor, we have to win approval from the House Judiciary Committee. The Judiciary Committee will vote TODAY, and it’s crucial that members of the committee -- including your Representative -- know that their constituents want them to support this legislation.

    Will you urge your Representative to vote “yes” in committee the bill to extend the freedom to marry to all loving couples in Rhode Island? Take action now!

  • Thank Senator Raptakis!


    This afternoon, Senator Leonidas Raptakis voted in favor of marriage equality in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The calls you made, the e-mails you sent, the rally you participated in -- it all made a difference today.

    The vote on the Senate floor has been scheduled for tomorrow, and we can't stop working now. Sen. Raptakis needs to hear from you again. Thank him for standing on the right side of history today. And urge him to stay strong and vote "yes" on the Senate floor tomorrow.

  • Thank Senator Conley!

    This afternoon, Senator William Conley voted in favor of marriage equality in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The calls you made, the e-mails you sent, the rally you participated in -- it all made a difference today.

    The vote on the Senate floor has been scheduled for tomorrow, and we can't stop working now. Sen. Conley needs to hear from you again. Thank him for standing on the right side of history today. And urge him to stay strong and vote "yes" on the Senate floor tomorrow.

  • Thank Senator Jabour!

    After weeks of consideration, Senator Paul V. Jabour has committed to voting for marriage equality on the Senate floor. Senator Jabour's support comes at a critical time in our campaign as members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are deciding how to vote after hearing testimony a few weeks ago.

    It's important that we acknowledge and thank Senator Jabor for supporting all Rhode Island families. It only takes a minute to send an email -- but it ensures that our courageous legislators know that Rhode Islanders are standing behind them.

    Say “thank you” to Senator Jabour by sending him a message now. Just enter your information below to get started.

  • Take Action! Ask Your Senator to Support HB5015 in the Judiciary Committee!

    Each day, we’re getting closer to making history in the Ocean State. We've passed a marriage equality bill (HB5015) through the House, and the Governor has promised to sign it. Now we just need approval from a majority of our Senators!

    But before the bill can ever reach the Senate floor, we have to advance HB5015 through the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Judiciary Committee will hear testimony on Thursday, and it’s crucial that members of the committee -- including your Senator -- know that their constituents want them to support this legislation.

    Will you urge your Senator to vote “yes” in committee on HB5015, the bill to extend the freedom to marry to all loving couples in Rhode Island? Take action now!

  • Thank Your Representative!

    History was made last week as 51 members of the Rhode Island House voted to overwhelmingly pass marriage equality.

    It’s crucial we demonstrate to those elected officials who voted with us their vote to protect all Rhode Island families didn’t go unnoticed, and we have their back.

    Say “thank you” to your Representative for their courageous vote in favor of the freedom to marry by sending them a message now. Just enter your information below to get started.

  • TODAY: House Vote!

    The House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously on Tuesday to advance the marriage bill to the House floor. This marks the first time a marriage bill has advanced past committee in Rhode Island history.

    Today, we face our next challenge: passing the bill on the House floor. House session begins at 4:00 today, which means we're running out of time to urge our legislators to vote in favor of the freedom to marry.

    Contact your State Representative now and urge them to support the marriage bill when it comes up for a vote. Just enter your information below to get started.

  • Urge your legislators to support the freedom to marry

    Legislation has been introduced to secure the freedom to marry for all loving and committed couples in Rhode Island. Momentum to win marriage is at an all-time high, and now it's more crucial than ever that state legislators hear from their constitutents who support marriage equality.

    Take action now and urge your state legislators to support the freedom to marry when the legislation comes up for a vote. Just enter your zip code below to get started.

  • Urge your legislators to support the freedom to marry

    Legislation has been introduced to secure the freedom to marry for all loving and committed couples in Rhode Island. Momentum to win marriage is at an all-time high, and now it's more crucial than ever that state legislators hear from their constitutents who support marriage equality.

    Take action now and urge your state legislators to support the freedom to marry when the legislation comes up for a vote. Just enter your zip code below to get started.

  • First committee hearing on the marriage bill: ACT NOW!

    House Speaker Gordon Fox announced that the House Judiciary Committee will likely hear testimony on the marriage bill on Tuesday.

    This is the first of many crucial steps towards advancing the freedom to marry in the General Assembly this year.

    On Tuesday, loving Rhode Island families and our strongest allies will explain why marriage matters to our state before the Judiciary Committee. Before they testify, it’s vital that committee members hear from an outpouring of constituents asking them to vote in favor of marriage equality.

    Send an urgent message to your State Representative urging them to advance the marriage bill. Get started by entering your information below.

  • Game on: Urge your legislators to support the freedom to marry

    Representative Art Handy and Senator Donna Nesselbush just introduced legislation that will finally extend marriage to same-sex couples here in Rhode Island.

    House leadership has committed to voting by the end of the month, which means we only have a matter of days to build support and ensure that the marriage bill passes.

    Take action now and urge your state legislators to support the freedom to marry when the legislation comes up for a vote. Just enter your zip code below to get started.

  • Urge your Senators: Support marriage equality

    Momentum to win marriage for same-sex couples in Rhode Island is at an all-time high. Just this week Senate President Terese Paiva-Weed announced that the Senate Judiciary Committee would hold a vote on the marriage bill should it pass in the House.

    With less than one month before the legislative session begins, it's urgent that marriage supporters across the Ocean State let our lawmakers know that the majority of their constituents support marriage equality.

    Take action now and urge your state Senator to support the marriage bill when it comes up for a vote in the Senate. Just enter your zip code below to get started.

  • This Historic Moment

    Today, Gov. Chafee made history by signing an executive order providing ciritical clarity and direction to state departments and agencies regarding the recognition of out-of-state, same-sex marriage. It's time for the General Assembly to follow in the spirit of President Obama and Governor Chafee's leadership and pass marriage equality legislation. Make sure your state representative and senator hear from you now! 

  • Thank Senator Reed for supporting marriage equality

    Sen. Jack Reed has announced his support for marriage equality and he will now co-sponsor The Respect for Marriage Act.

    For the past few months, MERI has asked supporters to contact Senator Reed and tell him to stand up for equality for all families. Jack Reed heard you loud and clear, and now it's time for us to say thanks. He joins Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Rep. David Cicilline, and Rep. Jim Langevin as co-sponsors of this important civil rights legislation. 

    Please take a minute and thank Sen. Reed for responding to your call to action. On the heels of President Obama's announcement, this is a significant momentum boost for the marriage equality movement in Rhode Island and further proof that your efforts are making a real difference!

  • Support the 2012 Equality Slate

    Same-sex couples deserve the same basic civil rights as any other couple in Rhode Island. Unfortunately, current Rhode Island law contains a number of gay exceptions which means that gay and lesbian couples are treated differently than everyone else. We're taking steps to fix that, and we need your help.

    Of course, our primary focus is to pass the Equal Access to Marriage Act. Same-sex couples in Rhode Island are being denied the basic dignity and respect that comes with marriage. Civil unions are separate and unequal. Everyone knows what marriage means. It means that you're a family.

    Access to our judicial system is a fundamental right which is why we have introduced the Equal Access to Family Courts Act. Married same-sex couples who live in Rhode Island are denied access to family courts to dissolve their marriages, unlike other married couples. That also means the children of these marriages do not have the protections that court proceedings provide when a marriage ends!

    We support common-sense exemptions and protections for the clergy and religious organizations. The Equal Religious Protection Act removes the discriminatory portions of the Corvese language. Religious freedom can coexist with basic civil rights. However, current Rhode Island law gives religious institutions a broad, dangerous, and unprecedented license to discriminate by pretending that a couple’s state-granted legal status simply does not exist.  A Catholic hospital, for example, can deny decision-making power to the spouse of a patient; a religiously-affiliated university could deny an employee family medical leave to care for his criticall ill spouse. That's just not right.

    Until all citizens are equal, Rhode Island has not acheived justice. Reach out to your state legislators and tell them that all couples in Rhode Island deserve equality.

  • Come out to your legislators

    It Doesn't have to be National Coming Out Day to COME OUT FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY! Please, take a minute to "come out" to your state legislators about your support for marriage equality. Remind them that ALL Rhode Islanders deserve equal rights, recognition and protection under the law.  Your courage to speak out – today and every day of the year – can spark countless conversations about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality and help change hearts and minds in the Rhode Island General Assembly. IT DOESN'T MATTER if you're LGBTQ or STRAIGHT, it's time to COME OUT!

  • Thank Jim Langevin for supporting the Respect for Marriage Act

    Rep. Jim Langevin recently said that he will support The Respect for Marriage Act and add his name to the growing list of co-sponsors who are committed to repealing the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. 

    Just a few weeks ago, MERI asked supporters to contact members of our Congressional delegation and tell them that it's time to end DOMA. Jim Langevin heard you loud and clear, and now it's time for us to say thanks. He joins Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Rep. David Cicilline as co-sponsors of this important civil rights legislation. 

    Please take a minute and thank Rep. Langevin for responding to your call to action. This is a significant momentum boost for marriage equality supporters and further proof that your efforts are making a real difference!

  • Catholics for Equality

    I am Catholic, and I support marriage equality!

MERhodeIsland - .@DawsonHodgson “...every American is equal under the Constitution & every human is equal under God,??http://t.co/NOlypaTi #riga13 10 hours ago