'Pro-family' group ready for gay marr...

'Pro-family' group ready for gay marriage debate

There are 27 comments on the Warwickonline.com story from Feb 8, 2011, titled 'Pro-family' group ready for gay marriage debate. In it, Warwickonline.com reports that:

The debate on legalizing gay marriage has been in the state spotlight in recent weeks, but for Christopher Plante, it's been a priority for more than two years.

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“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#22 Feb 9, 2011
nhjeff wrote:
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I'm afraid that fear will always win the sound-bite wars. The only answer I have is to keep talking to friends, neighbors, co-workers, club members, etc. We have to walk right up to the edge of proselytizing. And more of us need to do it.
Make it personal. It's the only way we know that works.
I tend to agree, but I would still like to see the pro-equality side take a stronger stand in their ads and call out NOM & especially the catholic church for their lies & hypocrisy.

In the end it probably be the actuarial tables that determine when we gain full equality. Old people vote, and the current generation of old people are overwhelming opposed to marriage equality. Within a decade that will no longer be true, simply due to the current bigoted generation dying off.

“II Samuel 1:26”

Since: Jan 09

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#23 Feb 9, 2011
WeTheSheeple wrote:
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Yeah, I got the same response from my computer speakers! I just wanted to grab one of those Maryland Senators and demand they ask that followup question from the likes of Maggie Gallagher.
But maybe they already knew everything the anti-gays were spouting was B.S. so they just allowed them to speak their piece and move on.
I'm sure the hearing today in Rhode Island will be more of the same. Does anyone have a link to a site which will broadcast that hearing?
Yep ... I hear that Maggie will be in Rhode Island today as well.

Google Rhode Island Assembly and I think there is a link on the official site.

“Love thy neighbor!”

Since: Dec 06

Westland , MI

#24 Feb 9, 2011
nhjeff wrote:
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I'm afraid that fear will always win the sound-bite wars. The only answer I have is to keep talking to friends, neighbors, co-workers, club members, etc. We have to walk right up to the edge of proselytizing. And more of us need to do it.
Make it personal. It's the only way we know that works.
I agree. Most people who know gays and lesbians see them as people with the same wants and needs. A few leave such an encounter retaining their firmly held beliefs. Sad.

“Love thy neighbor!”

Since: Dec 06

Westland , MI

#25 Feb 9, 2011
From Rhode Island Assembly Site:

The legislation removes gender-specific language from the section of the General Laws that governs eligibility for marriage. It inserts language that allows any person to marry any other eligible person, regardless of gender.

Additionally, it includes language stating that marriage is recognized by the state to promote stable relationships and provide important legal protections to couples and their immediate and extended families.

The bill includes a stipulation that religious institutions remain free to set their own guidelines for marriage eligibility within their faith, and that clergy or others authorized to perform marriages will not be obligated by law to officiate at any particular civil marriage or religious rite of marriage.

A poll commissioned over the summer by Marriage Equality Rhode Island found that 59 percent of Rhode Island voters support allowing same-sex couples to marry, showing a 10-percent increase over a poll conducted two years earlier. In New England, only Rhode Island and Maine deny gay couples the right to marry.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#26 Feb 9, 2011
Gay Mom wrote:
From Rhode Island Assembly Site:
The legislation removes gender-specific language from the section of the General Laws that governs eligibility for marriage. It inserts language that allows any person to marry any other eligible person, regardless of gender.
Additionally, it includes language stating that marriage is recognized by the state to promote stable relationships and provide important legal protections to couples and their immediate and extended families.
The bill includes a stipulation that religious institutions remain free to set their own guidelines for marriage eligibility within their faith, and that clergy or others authorized to perform marriages will not be obligated by law to officiate at any particular civil marriage or religious rite of marriage.
A poll commissioned over the summer by Marriage Equality Rhode Island found that 59 percent of Rhode Island voters support allowing same-sex couples to marry, showing a 10-percent increase over a poll conducted two years earlier. In New England, only Rhode Island and Maine deny gay couples the right to marry.
I wonder if they will be pressured to add a "religious exemption" for anyone providing services such as wedding photographers, cake makers, florists, caterers, etc, etc. as well? That was a big issue in the Maryland debate. Basically they want to be able to deny any service anywhere anytime to any gay couple if it violates their personal religious beliefs.

“II Samuel 1:26”

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#27 Feb 9, 2011
Gay Mom wrote:
From Rhode Island Assembly Site:
The legislation removes gender-specific language from the section of the General Laws that governs eligibility for marriage. It inserts language that allows any person to marry any other eligible person, regardless of gender.
Additionally, it includes language stating that marriage is recognized by the state to promote stable relationships and provide important legal protections to couples and their immediate and extended families.
The bill includes a stipulation that religious institutions remain free to set their own guidelines for marriage eligibility within their faith, and that clergy or others authorized to perform marriages will not be obligated by law to officiate at any particular civil marriage or religious rite of marriage.
A poll commissioned over the summer by Marriage Equality Rhode Island found that 59 percent of Rhode Island voters support allowing same-sex couples to marry, showing a 10-percent increase over a poll conducted two years earlier. In New England, only Rhode Island and Maine deny gay couples the right to marry.
I thought that there was a link to audio (for hearings and such) there as well, but I could be wrong. The hearing begins around 5 PM EST.

“Love thy neighbor!”

Since: Dec 06

Westland , MI

#28 Feb 9, 2011
AquariusNSF wrote:
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I thought that there was a link to audio (for hearings and such) there as well, but I could be wrong. The hearing begins around 5 PM EST.
Didn't see a link when I was there.

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