Today’s Providence Journal headline is a great one:
Here are the precise answers from the Brown University poll:
- Would you support or oppose a law that would allow same-sex couples to get married?
Support 60%; Oppose 31%; DK/NA 9%
- Would you support or oppose a law that would allow civil unions for same-sex couples?
Support 75%; Oppose 17%; DK/NA 8%
Now, the question is whether the General Assembly will listen to the will of the majority and allow the marriage equality bill to come to a floor vote. Legislators constantly point to other New England states when making arguments for public policy. Now, will Rhode Island follow its neighbors in CT, MA, VT, NH and ME in supporting marriage equality?
Answering my own question, here is the reason why:
[RI Democratic Party chairman Bill] Lynch, who is considering a run for state attorney general, said that his support for same-sex marriage is not shared by the party leadership, specifically House Speaker William Murphy.