VIDEO: Rhode Island House approves the freedom to marry
January 25, 2013
Last night, the House of Representatives in Rhode Island voted overwhelmingly to approve the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. By a vote of 51 to 19, a large majority of the legislators - Republicans and Democrats alike - in the House stood on the Right Side of History. The bill will now be considered in the RI Senate.
A new video shows the moment of victory in the House and includes interviews with several key legislators and volunteers for Rhode Islanders United for Marriage, the coalition working to win marriage in Rhode Island in 2013.
Rep. Frank Ferri, who is openly gay and has been in a committed relationship with his partner for the past 32 years, spoke about why marriage matters in the state. He says in the video, "Being a gay man, this is so important to me right now. Having equality in marriage is an affirmation by Rhode Island citizens that we are citizens also and that we deserve the same rights as everyone else. This means that we're going to have a better Rhode Island. It's going to be better for everyone's life, every family's life, every child growing up, every adult who's had to live in shame. This is a day of equality - a day of freedom for all Rhode Islanders."
Freedom to Marry's Online Campaign Manager, Cameron Tolle, was in Providence during the vote helping Rhode Islanders United for Marriage with their digital efforts. After the victory, he posed with Ray Sullivan, the Campaign Manager for RI United; Speaker of the House Gordon Fox; Rep. Frank Ferri and his spouse, Tony Carparco; and Art Handy, the lead sponsor of the marriage bill.
Watch the video below, and check out four other states where we can win the freedom to marry in 2013.