Gay marriage rally held in Rhode Island

Rhode Island activists demonstrated Saturday outside the state house in hopes of inspiring legislators to move on adopting a gay marriage bill.

In a marriage equality demonstration Saturday, 150 activists gathered outside the Rhode Island Statehouse in order to spark motivation in lawmakers to take action regarding gay marriage.

Governor Carcieri of Rhode Island spoke out against gay marriage only two days before gay advocates rallied outside the state building. Photo courtesy of: http://www.governor.ri.gov
Governor Carcieri of Rhode Island spoke out against gay marriage only two days before gay advocates rallied outside the state building. Photo courtesy of: advocate.com.

This rally took place merely two days after Gov. Don Carcieri, a republican, addressed his support to an anti-gay audience in Boston.

While supporters of gay rights are pessimistic about seeing gay marriage legalized by year’s end in Rhode Island, which remains the only New England state yet to adopt marriage equality legislation, their hopes for the state’s progress are not entirely dead.

In an interview with The Providence Journal, Kathy J. Kushnir, executive director of Marriage Equality Rhode Island, stated that she has hopes that the general assembly will “pass legislation, currently pending, that would give same-sex partners the right to claim the bodies of and make funeral arrangements for their loved ones.”

Read the Advocate.com article in its entirety here.

— Zachary Culler

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