Gov. Carcieri Vetoes Bill to Expand Rhode Island Hate Crimes Law

June 30, 2010

by Joe Siegel | EDGE Boston

Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri vetoed a bill on Wednesday, June 23, that would have expanded the state’s definition of a hate crime.

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Rhode Island Gets Its First Black, Gay House Speaker

February 12, 2010

by Michael Winter | USA Today

Rhode Island lawmakers have elected the state’s first black and first openly gay House speaker.

Rep. Gordon Fox, a 48-year-old lawyer representing Providence, succeeds fellow Democrat William Murphy, who announced in September he would not seek re-election.

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Rhode Island Lawmakers Override Gov’s Veto, Approve Funeral Planning Rights for Gay, Unmarried Couples

January 5, 2010

by Ray Henry | Associated Press

Gov. Carcieri

Lawmakers in Rhode Island have voted to give same-sex and unmarried couples the right to plan the funerals of their late partners, overriding a veto by the state’s socially conservative governor.

The General Assembly voted Tuesday by wide margins against the objections of Republican Gov. Don Carcieri (kuh-CHEHR’-ee), who argued the legislation represented an erosion of traditional marriage.

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Supporters Urge Rhode Island Lawmakers to Override Veto of Funeral Bill

December 28, 2009

by Steve Peoples | The Providence Journal

Mark Goldberg joins Susan Heroux, from Queer Action of Rhode Island, in submitting a petition to House Majority Leader Gordon Fox.

Mark Goldberg did not want this role.

Thrust into the spotlight because of the untimely death of his partner, he has become a legislative witness, a State House lobbyist, a reluctant activist.

The East Side man continued his unwanted mission on Smith Hill Wednesday, delivering a petition with 425 names to General Assembly leaders who have the power to end his political activism.

“This is for everyone,” he said, standing in the State House rotunda. “It’s not a gay or straight issue.”

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November 17, 2009

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Poll: Majority of Rhode Island Voters Favor Gay Marriage Law

May 28, 2009

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Associated Press) — A survey released Wednesday shows that more than half of Rhode Island voters favor a law allowing gay marriage, leading advocates to point out to state leadership that it’s what residents want.

A Brown University poll showed 60 percent of registered voters in the state said they would support a law allowing gay couples to marry, and 75 percent said they would support a law allowing civil unions. Thirty-one percent said they would oppose a gay marriage law.

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