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Moving a Senator to Support Marriage Equality: Another thing to love about Rhode Island January 24, 2010

Posted by truthspew in Gay rights, government, marriage equality.
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This is a marriage equality post but it also brings out what I’ve often said about moving marriage equality forward in the state. Your reps and senators are human, just like you. As such they shop in the same places, live in your district, in short they are your neighbors.

So this evening I had an opportunity to stop at the Walgreen’s store on Atwells Ave, in Providence. As I’m coming out I had to do a double take but there he was, my state Senator Paul V. Jabour scraping dog crap off the bottom of his shoe.

Being an opportunist I stopped by and said “Senator, I think we need a pooper scooper law in the state or the city.”. He laughed. I went on to tell him I wanted to talk to him about marriage equality. He’s on board. But he said something very interesting.

A lot of senators are scared to do anything with the amount of voter outrage that is out there right now. I told him that I’ve been suggesting that we in the marriage equality camp need to encourage our legislators and explained to him that in his district alone there are close to 400 supporters of full equality and that the area in general was pretty much the gay central of Providence.

He also let slip that Sen. Rhoda Perry is holding the equality bill which surprise the hell out of me. I think she needs to be convinced that she won’t suffer at the ballot box for moving this bill forward.

It almost appears as though we have enough support in both the house and senate to move this with a veto proof majority but everyone is terrified of it. We need to assuage their fears. One hand washes the other. If they support us, we help out on their campaigns, not that many of us haven’t already been doing that.

But we really need to put on the full court press if we want marriage equality in RI in 2010.

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1. Frank D - January 25, 2010

With the latest Supreme Court ruling defending “the right of free speech” for corporations, talking to your Senator or Representative outside of Walgreens may soon become a meaningless gesture. So you’ll have some Bible quoting gun sight manufacturer buying all the advertising space to ensure the election of your local anti-gay, DOMA loving, bigot Republican. And as was pointed out by a guest on NPR, once in office, elected officials will be terrified of voting for anything (like health care reform) that might incite big business to spend millions to defeat them next time around. Even the possibility of that could have a chilling effect on what business gets transacted in local, state and national governments. If your Senator Rhoda Perry is scared now, what will happen when the corporations start campaigning full force?

2. Mark in DE - January 26, 2010

I admire you for taking advantage of the opportunity to speak with him!


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