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Should the General Assembly be debating and voting on same-sex civil unions in the last month of its 2011 session?

Posted 6/6/11

Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee declared in his first address to the General Assembly that he wanted to make same-sex marriage legal in Rhode Island, but that does not seem to be in the offing.

Instead the Legislature is talking about making civil unions the law of the state, generating opposition from conservative social groups, and begging the question, are there more important issues – for instance the state budget – that should be front and center in the Statehouse as the 2011 session moves toward the finish line?

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Mister_Smithers

One might think our leaders have more important issues to tackle at the moment. Our elected leaders sure seem to be busy at work with everything except fiscal reforms. Is anyone surprised?

Maybe they can also spend the next month debating a clever new graphic design for our license plates. That always gets the voters' attention.

Monday, June 6, 2011 | Report this
karina@ripower.org

Once again, wrong question. There are better reasons not to be debating civil unions. It should be marriage.

Monday, June 6, 2011 | Report this
lfaulk0328

If not now, then when? And if not this GA, then who? Enough is enough...get with the program, RI, and allow people to get married. How can we call ourselves a progressive society while denying consenting adults who are in love the right to legally declare their love?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011 | Report this
dwaugh@mosesafonso.com

Certainly budgetary issues are the most pressing, but surely there is time to consider recognizing civil unions, especially as recongizing civil unions (or not) would have no discernable impact on the budget. Although recognizing civil unions would be good policy, I can't check "yes" to the poll because such recognition is not impelled as a matter of civil rights. Amazingly, the legislative process seems to have developed exactly the right resolution, so this opportunity should not be passed up.

Friday, June 10, 2011 | Report this
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