Bob Plain is the editor/publisher of Rhode Island's Future. Previously, he's worked as a reporter for several different news organizations both in Rhode Island and across the country.

6 responses to “Senate Judiciary Still Likely Anti-Marriage Equality”

  1. Craig OConnor

    As a constituent of Sen. Jabour, I fully expect he will vote yes. He said that if his district made it clear to him that we supported marriage, then he’d vote yes. and we’ve made it clear to him. Over and over.

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  2. Joe Dumars

    If I’m not mistaken, the Senate President, Senate Majority Leader, and Senate Minority Leader are all ex-officio members of all committees. There are three more solid NO votes if necessary. This thing is going nowhere. And Paiva Weed is actually pretty smart to let it go. She won’t get banged for not calling a vote. And the issue will be killed (presumably early on). Pretty sly move on her part, even though I don’t agree with her position.

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  3. Barry

    I think Joe’s analysis is sad but likely true.  My state Senator, Dominic Ruggerio, the majority leader, though strongly tied to labor is still opposed to marriage equality and probably not convincable to change of his position.  Its symbolic of an older generation of labor leaders out of touch with younger thinking that contributes to the declining perception of the labor movement.

    I hope the MERI folks will re-think their reflexive opposition to a referendum.  I understand reluctance to put rights to a vote, but it would be a meaure to EXPAND rights, what’s wrong with that, and likely to be the only way to get it passed (as Marriage Equality Maine just did.)  In general, I have more confidence in the people of Rhode Island than I do of the legislature.  

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  4. David Pepin

    I’ve always felt that once one state approved SSM at the ballot (or defeated a move to put it in a state constitution), the ballgame was over – the fear and intimidation would be broken. I don’t think proponents of SSM have anything to fear from a vote anymore. The fear that DePetro, Yorke and Cianci can swing any vote their way no longer holds true. If opponents of SSM want to put this to a statewide vote, time to let them put their $ where their mouths are. If Paiva-Weed, McCaffrey, Metts, etc. want to put a companion referendum on the ballot making SSM unconstitutional, let ‘em, if they want to chance their political capital.
    Barry, I’m also a Ruggerio constituent, and have always wondered why conservatives, when they complain about union influence in the GA, always seem to give him a free pass. Maybe his stance against SSM is the reason why.

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  5. DogDiesel

    “Barry, I’m also a Ruggerio constituent, and have always wondered why conservatives, when they complain about union influence in the GA, always seem to give him a free pass.”
     
    You’ve never heard him called Rubbers Ruggerio? I don’t think he’s getting a pass from conservatives.

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  6. David Pepin

    “Rubbers” was coined by those staunch conservatives Philippe and Jorge.

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