Rhode Island became the nation's 10th state to legalize same-sex "marriage" as its House of Representatives gave approval May 2 to the “marriage equality” measure Governor Lincoln Chafee has been aggressively pushing since taking office in 2011. Chafee quickly followed up by signing the bill, declaring, “I am proud and humbled to make the Marriage Equality Act the law of the land in Rhode Island. We would not be where we are today without the Rhode Islanders who for decades have fought for tolerance and freedom over discrimination and division.” The law is scheduled to go into effect August 1.
Rhode Island is the last New England state to legalize gay "marriage," following Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Connecticut. Same-sex "marriage" laws have also been passed in Washington, Iowa, New York, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, and measures are currently being pushed by homosexual groups in Delaware, Illinois, and Minnesota.
The latest blow to marriage comes as the Supreme Court is poised to rule on lawsuits that challenge the federal Defense of Marriage Act — which defines marriage as only between a man and a woman in federal business — and California's Proposition 8 marriage amendment, passed by state voters in 2008. Pro-family leaders warn that a High Court ruling against the measures would add momentum to the homosexual lobby's aggressive campaign to force legalized same-sex "marriage" upon the entire nation.
Frank Schubert of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), which has been one of the lead pro-family groups defending traditional marriage, said that his group wasn't surprised by the outcome, given the level of activism on the part of homosexual groups over the past several months. He noted that while Rhode Island “is a heavily Catholic state, which is what helped us hold same-sex marriage off for so long, it is also one of the most Democratic states.”
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