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NOM – Rhode Island Shows Weakness by Trumpeting DOA Constitutional Amendment

Sen. Frank A. Ciccone III

Talk about too little too late. With the Rhode Island marriage bill expected to pass in the state House later this afternoon, NOM – Rhode Island has just announced that “Sen. Ciccone introduces legislation to put SSM before voters”.

The legislation is actually a resolution (S 0096) that would place an anti-marriage equality constitutional amendment on the ballot. The measure would add the following new section to Article I of the Rhode Island Constitution:

Section 25. Marriage. – Marriage shall be recognized and defined in Rhode Island as a lawful union between one man and one woman, provided the recognition and definition of marriage shall not prohibit the recognition of a lawful civil union between two (2) members of the same gender.

The resolution is sponsored by Sen. Frank A. Ciccone III (D-Providence), who proffered a similar measure in 2011 that died in committee (S 0115).

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