Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

1/25/2013 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (

Measure 'strikes against the very foundation of our culture,

Rhode Island lawmakers have passed a bill to allow gay marriage. While many New England states currently recognize same sex unions, observers on both sides of the issue say the fate of the legislation remains uncertain. While the bill passed the House 51-19, it faces a much more difficult battle in the state Senate.

While many New England states currently recognize same sex unions, observers on both sides of the issue say the fate of the legislation remains uncertain. While the bill passed the House 51-19, it faces a much more difficult battle in the state Senate.

While many New England states currently recognize same sex unions, observers on both sides of the issue say the fate of the legislation remains uncertain. While the bill passed the House 51-19, it faces a much more difficult battle in the state Senate.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

1/25/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: Rhode Island, gay marriage, Rhode Island Catholic Conference, Faith Alliance to Preserve the Sanctity of Marriage as Established by God

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The House vote in Rhode Island "undermines the common good of our state and strikes against the very foundation of our culture," a statement from the Rhode Island Catholic Conference read. "Unfortunately, this bill redefines marriage and fails to protect the religious liberties of many faith communities and individuals of conscience who believe that marriage is a union of one man and one woman."

The Rev. Bernard A. Healey, executive director of the conference said that legislative leaders should focus on initiatives to reduce the state's high unemployment, poverty and other economic challenges.

Another church group formed specifically to oppose gay marriage called the Faith Alliance to Preserve the Sanctity of Marriage as Established by God, say they have already focused its efforts on the Senate.

"We have hope that in the Senate, we can stop the bill," the Rev. Santos Escobar said, who was among the dozen or so protesters that lined the entryway to the House chamber prior to the vote.

The group held signs including one that read: "Same sex marriage is immoral and unnecessary."
One ardent supporter, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee tweeted: "Certain votes can be characterized as 'historic.' RI House's overwhelming passage of marriage equality is one such vote."

"There is incredible momentum behind this movement," Ray Sullivan, the campaign manager for Rhode Islanders United for Marriage said. The group is a coalition of groups that had pushed for passage. There was "first a unanimous Judiciary Committee vote, and now two-thirds of members, Republicans and Democrats, stood in support of marriage equality."

The vote came after nearly two hours of discussion among state representatives. The measure now goes to the state Senate, which must hear its version of the bill by April 11, where discussions and decisions are expected to be more definitive.

"We're not taking anything for granted," Sullivan said. "Tonight we will celebrate and tomorrow we will double and triple our efforts."

Sullivan said his group will continue to emphasize the human side of the issue, bringing the testimony of same-sex couples who have been together for many years to legislators, an approach he believes was the key to persuading undecided members of the House.

Same sex couples have the legal right to marry in nine states in addition to Washington, D.C. They include Rhode Island's neighbors in the northeast - Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Vermont, Maine, New York and New Hampshire - as well as Iowa and Washington state.


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'

Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for October 2015
That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated.
Evangelization: That with a missionary spirit the Christian communities of Asia may announce the Gospel to those who are still awaiting it.


More Politics & Policy

President Obama faces uphill battle with Pacific Rim trade pact Watch

Image of The Trans-Pacific Partnership is being battered on both sides of the right and the left in the U.S.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

United States President Barack Obama has hailed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) the largest free-trade agreement in a generation, as its completions will open new markets for U.S. goods and services. While Obama says the agreement will give "our workers the fair ... continue reading

California Governor Jerry Brown signs 'End of Life Option Act' Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed the "End of Life Option Act" into law this week. While he remained largely ambiguous about the bill, he came forward with the statement that the "Crux of the matter is whether the state of California should continue to ... continue reading

Trans-Pacific Partnership faces criticism in Congress Watch

Image of Citizen protests the Trans Pacific Partnership (AFP).


The controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership has been finalized and will be presented to business leaders by US President Barack Obama. However, Congress has already shown skepticism over the pact. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Twelve countries in the Pacific Rim ... continue reading

#IAmaChristian: Ben Carson honors the Oregon shooting's fallen students Watch

Image of Ben Carson (Facebook).


Nine were shot dead during the recent horrifying shooting at the Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon where a student claimed the gunman specifically targeted the religious. Following the claim, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson started a social ... continue reading

Supreme Court to render decisions on sensitive topics of abortion, birth control, race Watch

Image of An even more pressing issue to go before the court will be the issue of religious freedom coupled with President Obama's health care reform.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Supreme Court is rolling up its sleeves to render decisions that have long roiled the United States: abortion, birth control, religious freedom, and race. None of the pending decisions is likely to have the same import as the recent decision regarding ... continue reading

False ambassador has been working in government affairs for five months Watch

Image of Brett McGurk (C-Span).


For five months, an Obama administration official falsely presented himself as an official U.S. ambassador.  LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Brett McGurk, who is a deputy special presidential envoy to the Global Coalition serving under General John Allen, was ... continue reading

Will slow and steady win presidential race? Bernie matches Hillary with far smaller donations Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Longtime - if recently troubled political warhorse Hillary Clinton and avowed socialist Bernie Sanders are currently duking it out for the lead in the Democratic Presidential Race of 2016. Something highly significant has emerged in the contest ... the poor, ... continue reading

Donald Trump meets with 40 religious leaders and prays Watch

Image of Donald Trump meets religious leaders inside the Trump Tower.


Forty religious leaders and pastors met with presidential candidate Donald Trump in his Trump Tower office Monday afternoon. Trump shared a few minutes of prayer with the religious leaders, some of whom are noted televangelists. LOS ANGELES, CA  (Catholic Online) ... continue reading

DOUBLE DIPPING? Hillary Clinton aide paid by consulting firm to while also with State department Watch

Image of Some sources agreed to describe Huma Abedin's work for Teneo on the New York event, along with her subsequent work at the State Department for a Teneo-connected event in Ireland four months later in December.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

There are new revelations that Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's confidante, was paid both by the State department alongside the private consulting firm Teneo Holdings. Recent newspaper reports say Abedin staged a star-studded reception that included her boss' ... continue reading

Handing hat to Obama, Russia begins to do America's job at the UN Watch

Image of Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama dueled verbally at UN headquarters in New York, debating the course of action the world should take in Syria.

By David Drudge, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Theater of the Absurd continues at the United Nations headquarters in New York as President Obama and Vladimir Putin recite harsh lines at one another over strategy in Syria. Ironically, it is Putin, not Obama, who is calling for UN action against the Islamic ... continue reading

All Politics & Policy News


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Jonah 4:1-11
1 This made Jonah very indignant; he fell into a ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 86:3-4, 5-6, 9-10
3 take pity on me, Lord, for to you I cry all the ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 11:1-4
1 Now it happened that he was in a certain place ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 7th, 2015 Image

St. Artaldus
October 7: Artaldus (also called Arthaud) was born in the castle of ... Read More