BTL Staff from Press Release
Providence – Today all five Republicans in the Rhode Island Senate announced their support for S38, the marriage bill to end the statewide exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage, and their intention to vote for it on the floor. The bill passed easily in the Rhode Island House of Representatives in January, and the state’s Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to hold a vote on it today. This will be the first time ever that a party caucus in a legislative branch – Republican or Democratic – will have voted unanimously in favor of freedom to marry legislation.
“Today’s showing of support illustrates the irreversible shift in Republicans’ understanding of why marriage matters to same-sex couples and their families,” said Tyler Deaton, campaign manager of Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry. “Same-sex couples want to marry for the same reasons as anyone else – to take vows in front of their loved ones, to protect their families, and to share in the responsibilities that marriage brings. As the Republican Party continues to evolve, these elected officials’ united stance sends a clear message to the rest of the GOP: stand on the side of marriage and the right side of history.”
Ed J. Lopez, a Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry leadership committee member who is National Vice Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus, said, “Rhode Island Republicans are leading the way to a more inclusive GOP – one that can continue to grow and stay relevant as America changes. Their actions today show that not only do they know the freedom to marry is completely in line with conservative values like personal liberty and the importance of family, they are working to make it a reality.”