Rhode Island becomes 10th US State to legalize gay marriage

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    May 03, 2013 12:28 AM GMT
    Rhode Island became the final state in New England and the 10th in the country to legalize gay marriage after independent Gov. Lincoln Chafee on Thursday signed a bill that will allow same-sex marriage.

    "I know that you have been waiting for this day to come," Chafee said to the state's gay and lesbian community at a bill-signing ceremony in front of hundreds. "I know you have loved ones that dreamed this would happen but did not live to see it. But I am proud to say that now at long last, you are free to marry the person you love."


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    May 03, 2013 12:54 AM GMT
    Dont matter. Obama needs to do it at the Federal government for it to mean anything. Why he didnt do it in 2009? Oh yeah then he didnt think gays should be able to get married.
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    May 03, 2013 1:45 AM GMT
    CharleyChase90232 saidDont matter. Obama needs to do it at the Federal government for it to mean anything. Why he didnt do it in 2009? Oh yeah then he didnt think gays should be able to get married.

    Well, Mr. Troll, I'll tell you why: because the US President doesn't have that authority over the States. Nor can a President change or create US Federal law on his own, without the involvement of Congress, which actually makes the laws. And in 2009 Republican Senators were using the filibuster to block most of Obama's legislative initiatives, and they made clear that gay rights issues were DOA.

    But then you knew that, didn't you? And BTW, thanks for trashing & politicizing a thread that contained good news for gay people, and for saying it "don't matter".
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    May 03, 2013 1:53 AM GMT
    Can't wait for Seth MacFarlane to make a Stewie-centric episode about this. icon_smile.gif

    But seriously, Yay Rhode Island!
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    May 03, 2013 2:29 PM GMT
    I'd rather it stay on a state level, but if someone gets married in Rhode Island, it needs to cross state lines. So if someone moved to GA they continue with the same married rights as they did in their home state.
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    May 03, 2013 2:32 PM GMT
    Only 40 to go. icon_biggrin.gificon_sad.gif
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    May 03, 2013 2:45 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    CharleyChase90232 saidDont matter. Obama needs to do it at the Federal government for it to mean anything. Why he didnt do it in 2009? Oh yeah then he didnt think gays should be able to get married.

    Well, Mr. Troll, I'll tell you why: because the US President doesn't have that authority over the States. Nor can a President change or create US Federal law on his own, without the involvement of Congress, which actually makes the laws. And in 2009 Republican Senators were using the filibuster to block most of Obama's legislative initiatives, and they made clear that gay rights issues were DOA.

    But then you knew that, didn't you? And BTW, thanks for trashing & politicizing a thread that contained good news for gay people, and for saying it "don't matter".


    Charlie apparently doesn't know how to play chess, Art. No wonder he can't figure out what's been going on. icon_lol.gif
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    May 03, 2013 2:46 PM GMT


    CONGRATS, RHODE ISLAND!
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    May 03, 2013 2:47 PM GMT
    meninlove said
    ART_DECO said
    CharleyChase90232 saidDont matter. Obama needs to do it at the Federal government for it to mean anything. Why he didnt do it in 2009? Oh yeah then he didnt think gays should be able to get married.

    Well, Mr. Troll, I'll tell you why: because the US President doesn't have that authority over the States. Nor can a President change or create US Federal law on his own, without the involvement of Congress, which actually makes the laws. And in 2009 Republican Senators were using the filibuster to block most of Obama's legislative initiatives, and they made clear that gay rights issues were DOA.

    But then you knew that, didn't you? And BTW, thanks for trashing & politicizing a thread that contained good news for gay people, and for saying it "don't matter".


    Caharlie apparently doesn't know how to play chess, Art. No wonder he can't figure out what's been going on. icon_lol.gif


    Southbeach is pathetic. (Ooops, did I just say that out loud?)
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    May 03, 2013 2:47 PM GMT
    40 more states to go!
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    May 03, 2013 2:51 PM GMT
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    Rhode Island Red!

    Non-equality states are just "chickens!" icon_razz.gif

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    May 03, 2013 3:14 PM GMT
    dayumm saidNon-equality states are just "chickens!" icon_razz.gif


    Chickens, you say?

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    May 03, 2013 3:27 PM GMT
    AlphaTrigger said
    dayumm saidNon-equality states are just "chickens!" icon_razz.gif


    Chickens, you say?

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  • owen19832006

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    May 03, 2013 3:48 PM GMT
    Well done Rhode Island!
  • ggst82

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    May 03, 2013 4:50 PM GMT
    it's about time! New England PROUD! I remember when there was the effort 6x12 ( all six New England states by the end of 2012) not to shabby!

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    May 03, 2013 5:08 PM GMT
    Great news!

    I know we have a long way to go, but all of this movement over the last few years has really been uplifting.

    It would be great if we could move ENDA along as well.
  • gymguy81

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    May 03, 2013 5:31 PM GMT
    OMFG why is this such a huge deal. why not just ban ALL MARAGE. 90% fail any ways
  • ggst82

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    May 03, 2013 5:45 PM GMT
    I guess EVERYONE wants the "right" to suffer! I'll be the first to admit that marriage has done nothing but 'ruin' my family ~ sad, but true ... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    May 03, 2013 5:53 PM GMT
    CharleyChase90232 saidDont matter. Obama needs to do it at the Federal government for it to mean anything. Why he didnt do it in 2009? Oh yeah then he didnt think gays should be able to get married.



    Idiot
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    May 03, 2013 9:08 PM GMT
    gymguy81 saidOMFG why is this such a huge deal. why not just ban ALL MARAGE. 90% fail any ways


    Citations and links to back up your stats, please.
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    May 03, 2013 9:45 PM GMT
    ART_DECO saidRhode Island became the final state in New England and the 10th in the country to legalize gay marriage after independent Gov. Lincoln Chafee on Thursday signed a bill that will allow same-sex marriage.

    "I know that you have been waiting for this day to come," Chafee said to the state's gay and lesbian community at a bill-signing ceremony in front of hundreds. "I know you have loved ones that dreamed this would happen but did not live to see it. But I am proud to say that now at long last, you are free to marry the person you love."


    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/02/18023197-rhode-island-becomes-10th-state-to-legalize-gay-marriage?lite


    Great news from New England!

    What legal standing does a same-sex marriage enacted in Rhode Island, for example, have in a another state that has not legalized it?
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    May 03, 2013 9:50 PM GMT
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    ART_DECO saidRhode Island became the final state in New England and the 10th in the country to legalize gay marriage after independent Gov. Lincoln Chafee on Thursday signed a bill that will allow same-sex marriage.

    "I know that you have been waiting for this day to come," Chafee said to the state's gay and lesbian community at a bill-signing ceremony in front of hundreds. "I know you have loved ones that dreamed this would happen but did not live to see it. But I am proud to say that now at long last, you are free to marry the person you love."


    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/02/18023197-rhode-island-becomes-10th-state-to-legalize-gay-marriage?lite


    Great news from New England!

    What legal standing does a same-sex marriage enacted in Rhode Island, for example, have in a another state that has not legalized it?

    Depends if the state's law recognizes an out-of-state same-sex marriage. If the state has a one man/one woman amendment, it's more likely than not they won't recognize it, heh.
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    May 03, 2013 9:53 PM GMT
    Congrats to all 5 of us from Rhode Island!
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    May 03, 2013 9:56 PM GMT
    libertpaulian said
    Lincsbear said
    ART_DECO saidRhode Island became the final state in New England and the 10th in the country to legalize gay marriage after independent Gov. Lincoln Chafee on Thursday signed a bill that will allow same-sex marriage.

    "I know that you have been waiting for this day to come," Chafee said to the state's gay and lesbian community at a bill-signing ceremony in front of hundreds. "I know you have loved ones that dreamed this would happen but did not live to see it. But I am proud to say that now at long last, you are free to marry the person you love."


    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/02/18023197-rhode-island-becomes-10th-state-to-legalize-gay-marriage?lite


    Great news from New England!

    What legal standing does a same-sex marriage enacted in Rhode Island, for example, have in a another state that has not legalized it?

    Depends if the state's law recognizes an out-of-state same-sex marriage. If the state has a one man/one woman amendment, it's more likely than not they won't recognize it, heh.


    Interesting. So the degree to which any one state recognizes another`s laws is dependent on many factors and not automatic?
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    May 03, 2013 10:07 PM GMT
    Latenight30 saidI'd rather it stay on a state level, but if someone gets married in Rhode Island, it needs to cross state lines. So if someone moved to GA they continue with the same married rights as they did in their home state.


    I believe that many things should be a state's issues, but not this one. One reason states are allowed in the union is because they adhere to the fundamental beliefs that people are equal before the law. Things like taxes, some gun laws (not all), some education laws, etc. are state's issues. This is definitely a federal issue because it speaks directly to the basic tenets of our nation.