Rhode Island is set to join every other New England state in granting same sex marriage rights.
Today, the full Senate is expected to vote on 2013-S 38 SUB A (Nesselbush) and 2013-H 5015 SUB B (Handy) after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted out both bills yesterday by a vote of 7-4.
If passed by the Senate today, the bill would return to the House for another vote on the Senate amendments and then be forwarded to the Governor for his signature as soon as next week.
The law would take effect August 1, 2013.
Love Alone, a timely play, debuts this week at Trinity Rep on March 16th and runs through May 27, 2012. Check the play out on Facebook here.
The play deals head-on with marriage equality and medical malpractice by telling a fictional story of what happens when a routine procedure goes tragically wrong. In light of Rhode Island’s 2010 civil union bill and the current bill before the House to allow doctors to say “I’m sorry” for medical negligence, Love Alone couldn’t be more relevant.
Internationally awarded playwright Deborah Salem Smith is the author of Love Alone and the playwright-in-residence at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence. She has a personal connection to the subject matter in that her partner of 14 years is a doctor and her father-in-law is an attorney who represents patients and hospitals in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Love Alone was among 19 plays in the nation to be awarded a prestigious Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award and received an honorable mention from the Jane Chambers Award, the country’s premier women’s playwriting award. Recognized for its exploration of the complex human emotions experienced by those involved in medical error, Love Alone paints a loving portrait about how we grieve and how we heal.
Smith’s previous honors include an Emerging American Artist Fulbright for playwriting in Dublin, Ireland, where she worked with the Abbey Theatre, Ireland’s national theatre. Smith’s work has been recognized by a National Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, a MacDowell Fellowship, a Colby Fellowship, a Major Hopwood Award, as well as writing and visual arts prizes from the University of Michigan and Princeton University. Her previous plays, which have been deemed “luminous, intelligent, provocative and deeply moving,” by The Boston Globe, include Boots on the Ground, Some Things Are Private, Good Business, and Caviar.