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03/05/2011

C.U., bye: Rhode Island Congressman makes the full marriage switch

by Jeremy Hooper

Another civil unions supporter drops the "separate but..." part from his equality stance:

160Px-Jim Langevin Official Photo"As the debate about same-sex marriage continues in Rhode Island and in Washington, I have taken time to reflect carefully on my own position. Based on my own experiences and my firm belief that all Americans should be treated equally under the law, I am now convinced that affording full marriage equality rights to same-sex couples is the only fair and responsible approach for both Rhode Island and the nation. If our nation expects to provide equal protection to all, then our civic institutions must reflect that noble goal."
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"As the General Assembly considers this important topic, I ask lawmakers and all Rhode Islanders to honor our state’s founding principles of tolerance and freedom and to support marriage equality in our state."
-Jim Langevin, Democratic Congressman from Rhode Island's 2nd District [Providence Journal]

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