Rhode Island Hearing 3 Different Same-Sex Marriage Bills Today
Written by Instinct Staff |
Wednesday, 02 May 2012
|Tags: rhode island, rhode island house judiciary committee, lgbt legislation, civil unions, lgbt divorce, lgbt refusal of service, same-sex marriage|
The Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee was scheduled to hear 3 different bills pertaining to same-sex marriage today...and they're kind of a big deal.
Check out what's on the docket after the jump!
According to 630WPro:
"The first of the three sponsored by Rep. Larry Valencia (D, Richmond, Charlestown, Exeter) will allow couples legally married elsewhere to divorce in Rhode Island regardless of whether the marriage would have been legal in the state.
The second bill sponsored by Rep. Frank Ferri (D, Warwick) would remove an amendment added to the civil union bill last year allowing individuals and organizations to refuse to provide service to a civil union if they oppose on religious grounds.
The third bill sponsored by Rep. Arthur Andy (D, Cranston) provides for same-sex marriage in Rhode Island and recognizes previously performed civil unions as marriages."
So, we're debating legalized divorce in the state, an end to discrimination and the right to refuse service based on religious beliefs, and they're potentially turning civil unions into marriages?
Must be Wednesday.
Go Rhode Island!