Rhode Island Gay Marriage Bill Passes By Wide Margin

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Gays, lesbians, their friends and families erupted into cheers on Thursday when Rhode Island became the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage.

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A final 56-15 vote in the Rhode Island House made it all but official, and Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed the bill into law on the Statehouse steps.

Ten U.S. states - Maryland, Washington, Iowa, New York and all six New England states - now allow gay and lesbian couples to marry legally.

California would become the 11th if Prop 8 is ruled unconstitutional. Lower courts have done so, but the case is now with the U.S. Supreme Court.

In any case, it was largely a day of celebration in Rhode Island yesterday.

"Democracy feels good, doesn't it?" said House Speaker Gordon Fox (D-Providence), who is gay and struggled to keep his composure afterward.

"This tells me our relationships matter. It means that we mean something."

Heavily-Catholic Rhode Island had long been the last New England holdout for gay marriage legislation, but the bill passed comfortably this spring.

The first marriages will take place August 1, when the law takes effect.

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Lincoln Chafee; what an a ss kisser



Jean jacques burlamaqui

Lasciviousness and licentiousness conspired to force same-sex marriage legislation on civil society. Debauchery hails its promulgation. Same-sex marriage couples selfishly demand “Marriage Equality”, yet, in return, they offer LESS-THAN-EQUAL protection of the child’s happiness than can be afforded through the presence of both biological parents. In the name of "Marriage Equality", same-sex marriage leaves the child fully aware that his family is, in all truth, not at all "equal", natural, nor complete. The use of the term "marriage Equality" by same-sex marriage proponents selfishly ignores the child's perspective of "equality". Same-sex marriage couples profess that it is love which gives the right to join the institution of marriage, yet, in doing so, they selfishly violate the principle LOVING objective of this noble institution; to protect a child’s Natural Right to be raised by both biological parents. Those who take part in same-sex marriage are well acquainted with the Laws of Nature which they ought to follow, but they see themselves as their own judges leaving their whims and passions left unchecked, and they understand no obligation to contain themselves within the limits of that regard and respect which they owe to civil society, the tranquility of families, and the happiness of children. They deem themselves the arbiter of their own actions, pridefully announcing the right to being the judge themselves, both of Natural and Civil Laws, and of the manner in which they ought to apply them. This independence and excessive liberty must only be productive of disorder and confusion anytime there happens to be a clashing of their interests and passions with civil society. Many homosexuals and their supporters today are the vicious oppressors of liberty. They are the malevolent bigots driven by their own prideful prejudices into seeking vengeance; whether it be by slandering anyone with whom they disagree by labeling them a “homophobe”, demanding the criminalization of anyone who refuses them service, mandatory indoctrination of our youth by the State, or the destruction of religious charities and institutions; their agenda violates the very maxims of Natural Law leaving them only the tyranny of legislative oppression as their ONLY justification.

@ Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui

fyi most of the kids that are adopted by same sex couples are foster kids and if they weren't adopted by that same sex couple they might be put in an over crowded foster house were they might be neglected beaten ect. and for any one saying that im wrong 1. lesbian/gay couples have to plain to have this baby in their home 2. straight couples don't have to plain or fill out paper after paper its just boom baby 3. gay/lesbian are just asking for the same rights straight couples do 4. for any religious people saying its wrong look in the bible there is nothing saying gay people are siners and even if it did say that wat else in the bible is considered a sin that inst weird today 5. if gay/lesbian people are wrong y would have god made them if they weren't right

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