Tag Archives: Rhode Island

RHODE ISLAND: Gubernatorial Candidate Drives Yacht Onto Rocks While Blasting Message To Beachgoers

The New York Daily News reports: A candidate for governor in Rhode Island had to be rescued by the Coast Guard on Sunday after his yacht hit rocks while blasting music at beachgoers to draw attention to his campaign. Joe Trillo thanked first responders Monday for rescuing him and three others near Charlestown, R.I. He said they hit a rock ...

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RHODE ISLAND: Kidnapping Victim Demands Name Be Removed From Anti-Porn Bill Pushed By Anti-Gay Loon

The Hill reports: A Utah woman who was kidnapped from her home as a teenager in 2002 is demanding a controversial bill targeting online pornography stop using her name. Elizabeth Smart sent a cease-and-desist letter to prevent her name from being used to push a Rhode Island bill that would require a $20 fee to view pornography online. It is ...

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Rhode Island: The 10th State To Ban Ex-Gay Torture

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo has signed her state’s bill outlawing ex-gay torture. That brings us to ten states, Washington DC, and host of cities big and small around the country. Via press release: “No child should be put through the dangerous and inhumane practice of conversion therapy,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “Medical professionals agree this outdated and ...

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Hundreds March Past Gay Man’s House After He Pens “Humorous” Letter Criticizing Yoga Pants [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Hundreds of women, girls and other supporters proudly donned their yoga pants Sunday as they peacefully paraded around the Rhode Island neighborhood of a man who derided the attire as tacky and ridiculous. Alan Sorrentino said the response to his letter to the editor, printed in The Barrington Times on Wednesday, has been “vicious” and that ...

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Bernie Sanders Wins Rhode Island Primary

Bernie Sanders snapped Hillary Clinton’s streak tonight, taking the Rhode Island primary in what may be his sole win for the day. Only the Connecticut race remains to be called and the candidates are neck and neck there.

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RHODE ISLAND: State Supreme Court Rejects Suits Of Firefighters “Forced” To Drive In Providence Pride Parade

Via the Associated Press: The Rhode Island Supreme Court has thrown out lawsuits brought by two Providence firefighters who said their constitutional rights were violated when they were ordered to drive a truck in a gay pride parade despite their religious objections. The firefighters, Theodore Fabrizio and Stephen Deninno, argued that they are Roman Catholics and therefore do not support ...

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RHODE ISLAND: State Supreme Court Hears Case Of Firefighters “Forced” To Drive In Providence Pride Parade

The Rhode Island Supreme Court today heard the case of two firefighters who are suing the city of Providence and former Mayor Buddy Cianci because 13 years ago they had to drive a firetruck during the pride parade. Which violated their religious freedom to be bigots, of course. Following the nearly hour-long hearing, Cianci said he was astonished that 13 ...

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A Happy First Anniversary

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Providence Mayoral Candidate Brett Smiley Features Husband In Campaign Ad

Really cute ad. More about him here.

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RHODE ISLAND: Gay House Speaker Steps Down After FBI Raid On Home & Office

Openly gay Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox announced yesterday that he is stepping down from his leadership position and will not seek reelection after the FBI conducted a raid on his home and office. The FBI has not disclosed the nature of the investigation. “Because of the respect I have for all members of the House of Representatives, I ...

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RHODE ISLAND: Catholic Priest Vows Revenge On Pro-Marriage Legislators

In response to the beginning of same-sex marriage in Rhode Island, a Catholic priest there has sent an open letter to state senators, warning them that he will rally his parishioners to unseat them if they voted for it. Which would be illegal, of course. From Father Brian Sistare’s letter: Dear RI Senators who voted for “marriage” between members of ...

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Brown University Vs Westboro

Via JMG reader Dwight comes this photo snapped by Brown Professor Wendy Schiller.  Westboro is touring Rhode Island today to whine about the first day of same-sex marriage.

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Anti-Gay Hate Group Tells Clerks In MN & RI They Don’t Have To Marry Gays

Just one day after NOM’s Brian Brown issued a spittle-flecked denouncement of the “lawless” politicians who defy same-sex marriage bans, Alliance Defending Freedom has issued a notice to clerks in Rhode Island and Minnesota, offering them free legal defense if they defy local marriage laws. Alliance Defending Freedom is advising officials responsible for issuing marriage licenses in Rhode Island and ...

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Marriages Begin In Rhode Island

Dozens of couples married in Minnesota last night at the stroke of midnight, but it appears that Rhode Island’s marriages just started this morning. Officials around Rhode Island began issuing licenses when offices opened at 8:30 a.m., including in Newport. A couple that have been together for 41 years, Federico Santi and John Gacher, arrived first thing at the Newport ...

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Wingnut Tries To Stop RI Marriage

Same-sex marriage becomes legal tomorrow in Rhode Island and the wingnuts are flailing about in their usual desperation to stop it. Ronald L’Heureux, a cofounder of the Faith Alliance to Preserve the Sanctity of Marriage as Defined by God, brought a petition and complaint to the court on Tuesday morning and sought a temporary restraining order to stop the law ...

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WBC: Are You Illerate? Can’t You Read?

Same-sex marriages commence in Rhode Island on August 1st. Via Pink News.

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Another Drunk Driving Catholic Bishop

Bishop Robert McManus of the Diocese of Worchester, Massachusetts was arrested in Rhode Island last night and charged with drunk driving, leaving the scene of an accident, and refusing a Breathlyzer test. McManus is to be arraigned Tuesday in district court in Wakefield, R.I. “I made a terrible error in judgment by driving after having consumed alcohol with dinner,” McManus ...

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RI Gives SF Archbishop The Sadz

“The meaning of marriage cannot be redefined, because its meaning lies in our very nature. Therefore, regardless of what law is enacted, marriage remains the union of one man and one woman – by the very design of nature, it cannot be otherwise. Marriage is the only institution that unites a man and a woman to each other and to ...

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Rhode Island Gives NOM The Sadz

“Children deserve to know and be cared for by a mom and a dad. This law will intentionally deny children one or the other. The full impact may not be seen next week or next year, but our children will be the ones who pay the price for this decision. Without robust legal protections to allow these faithful people and ...

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Gov. Lincoln Chafee Celebrates On MSNBC

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