January 13, 2011
By Samireh Samadi
There are always those who think they have a better sense of morality than you do. There are also those who are so threatened by the happiness and sexuality of another that they'll pend plenty of money to do as much as they can to make life miserable for you.
Case in point:
As the prospects for legalizing gay marriage have brightened in the state, with a supportive new governor and House leadership, opponents this week released a TV ad urging against legislative action to pass it.
The ad began running Tuesday on the state's broadcast stations. The anti-gay marriage group National Organization for Marriage Rhode Island said it was paying more than $100,000 for the ad to run for at least a week.
The ad seeks to drum up public opposition to legalizing gay marriage by urging people to call the offices of Gov. Lincoln Chafee, House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed to tell them they have "no mandate to redefine marriage."
"With a governor that has come out in favor of it, with a House of Representatives that is going to be pushing it, their voices need to be heard now," said Chris Plante, executive director of the group.
Chafee, a former Republican U.S. senator who became an independent in 2007, has been a longtime supporter of gay marriage and used his inaugural address last week to urge lawmakers to swiftly consider and pass a bill legalizing it. He said during his inauguration address he hoped Rhode Island would "catch up to her New England neighbors" on the issue. Such unions are legal in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire, although Republican lawmakers there plan to introduce bills to repeal it.
Heartened by Chafee's support and that of the openly gay Democratic House speaker, and after years of opposition by previous Gov. Don Carcieri, a Republican, lawmakers in the Senate and House introduced legislation a week ago to legalize it in Rhode Island.