RI might be next!

by Karen Topakian

Watch out big news could be on its way from my home state. Little Rhody. On Wednesday, February 9, RI will hold its first State House hearing on same sex marriage.

A newly released study by the Williams Institute indicates that the cash strapped state could benefit financially from legalizing gay marriage. To the tune of $1.2 million over three years. And that only refers to state tax revenues.

Governor Chafee who promised to sign gay rights marriage legislation chose to include his support in his January 2011 inaugural speech.

“I would hope that Rhode Island will catch up to her New England neighbors and pass a bill to establish marriage equality,’’ said Chafee. “I urge our General Assembly to quickly consider and adopt this legislation. When marriage equality is the law in Rhode Island, we honor our forefathers who risked their lives and fortune in pursuit of human equality.’’

If RI does catch up to her Rhode Island neighbors, I will be deeply proud of my home state.  And once again wonder if California will ever catch up.