RI Mayors Urge Passage of Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Mar 25, 2013

A group of mayors from around Rhode Island called Monday for the state Senate to legalize same-sex marriage. It remains unclear when the Senate will take up two competing same-sex marriage bills.

The advocacy group Rhode Islanders United for Marriage says the mayors of six communities support same-sex marriage: Providence, Warwick, Pawtucket, North Providence, Central Falls and Cumberland. Providence Mayor Angel Taveras calls same-sex marriage a matter of equality and something that will give Rhode Island an economic boost.

Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien, Cumberland Mayor Dan McKee, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and Central Falls Mayor James Diossa urge lawmakers to pass same-sex marriage bill.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

“I think it’s good for the city, I think it’s good for the state, I think it’s good for the country,” says Taveras. “I think it’s recognizing the importance of people, it’s recognizing the importance of love.”

Organizers say Woonsocket Mayor Leo Fontaine didn’t respond to an invitation to take part. They say Cranston Mayor Allan Fung doesn’t support marriage rights for same-sex couples.

Opponents to same-sex marriage say it violates their religious beliefs and is harmful to the fabric of society.

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