Rhode Island Marriage Amendment (2012)
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will not appear on a ballot
However, a bill was introduced on January 6, 2011 that would forgo a ballot vote and would instead legalize same sex marriage in the state. The bill was proposed by State Representative Arthur Handy and State Senator Rhoda Perry. A similar bill was introduced at the Rhode Island Statehouse by State Representative Jon Brien.
- The Reverend Bernard Healey of the Catholic Diocese of Providence stated, “Our position to protect the definition of marriage is not an act of discrimination or bigotry but rather an acknowledgement of those united as husband and wife to have their marriage be a distinct relationship."
- Openly gay State Representative Frank Ferri, spoke in front of the House Judiciary Committee during a hearing about the bill, stating, "I'm here because I deserve every single right that you have. This is about equality. I don't pray to the same God that you do apparently because my God accepts me."
Path to the ballot
Section 1 of Article 14 of the Rhode Island Constitution says that the Rhode Island General Assembly can initiate the process of amendment "by a roll call vote of a majority of the members elected to each house."
- Bay Windows, "RI Senate Judiciary meeting will hear marriage equality bills," March 7, 2011
- Turn to 10, "Lawmakers reintroduce same-sex marriage bill," January 6, 2011
- Boston Globe, "RI lawmaker to submit bill on marriage referendum," February 3, 2011 (dead link)
- The Rainbow Times Mass, "RI Senate Judiciary holds same-sex marriage hearing," March 14, 2011
- Lezgetreal.com, "Rhode Island Lawmaker Introduces Constitutional Marriage Ban Bill," February 3, 2011