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December 24, 2013

From the battle over whether Jesus and Santa are white, to the surprising truth about the only religion who has ever banned Christmas

For the past decade now, when this holiday season rolls around we in the US can always count on a yearly kerfuffle from someone from the Right – the continuing war on Christmas.

That this annual present comes this year from a host on Fox News is no surprise.

On her recent show The Kelly File, Fox News Channel host Megyn Kelly ignited a conflagration when she stated that both Jesus and Santa Claus are white.

August 1, 2013

Approximately 42 gay couples were prepared to be married by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak

Gay and lesbian couples can now be married in the US states Minnesota and Rhode Island.

In mid-May Mark Dayton, Minnesota's governor, signed a same-sex marriage bill. Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee did the same, but earlier in the month. Both laws turned official at midnight on 1 August.

August 1, 2013

Approximately 42 gay couples were prepared to be married by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak

Gay and lesbian couples can now be married in the US states Minnesota and Rhode Island.

In mid-May Mark Dayton, Minnesota's governor, signed a same-sex marriage bill. Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee did the same, but earlier in the month. Both laws turned official at midnight on 1 August.

May 2, 2013

There are now 10 US states plus District of Columbia with marriage equality

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee enthusiastically signed gay marriage into law at a  statehouse ceremony Thursday evening (2 May).

Now all of the New England states allow gay marriage. The first weddings in Rhode Island could occur on 1 August when the new law will take effect.

Chafee was surrounded by hundreds of supporters of the legislation as he signed the bill. After doing so, he gave a thumbs up to the cheering crowd.

May 2, 2013

There are now 10 US states plus District of Columbia with marriage equality

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee enthusiastically signed gay marriage into law at a  statehouse ceremony Thursday evening (2 May).

Now all of the New England states allow gay marriage. The first weddings in Rhode Island could occur on 1 August when the new law will take effect.

Chafee was surrounded by hundreds of supporters of the legislation as he signed the bill. After doing so, he gave a thumbs up to the cheering crowd.

May 2, 2013

All New England states are to have same-sex marriage after Governor Lincoln Chafee passes the equal marriage bill into law

Rhode Island is set to become the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage today (2 May).

While it is the last holdout among the other five New England states, the heavily Catholic state will join its neighbors when Governor Lincoln Chafee signs the bill into law at 6pm EDT.

The first weddings could occur on 1 August when the new law will take effect.

Same-sex marriage supporters renewed their fight to get it legalized this year, and the recent Senate vote was seen as the final test after the House easily passed the bill.

May 2, 2013

All New England states are to have same-sex marriage after Governor Lincoln Chafee passes the equal marriage bill into law

Rhode Island is set to become the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage today (2 May).

While it is the last holdout among the other five New England states, the heavily Catholic state will join its neighbors when Governor Lincoln Chafee signs the bill into law at 6pm EDT.

The first weddings could occur on 1 August when the new law will take effect.

Same-sex marriage supporters renewed their fight to get it legalized this year, and the recent Senate vote was seen as the final test after the House easily passed the bill.

April 24, 2013

Will become 10th state in the US to legalize same-sex marriages

The state senate in Rhode Island has passed a bill that will make their state the 10th in the US to allow gay marriage.

In a 26-12 vote Wednesday (24 April), the Democratic controlled senate passed a bill that had made it out of the judiciary committee just a day earlier.

Rhode Island had been the only New England state where gay marriage is not yet legal. Governor Lincoln Chafee says he plans to sign the bill into law.

In a statement after the vote, Chafee said the senators has chosen 'tolerance and fairness over division and discrimination.'

April 24, 2013

Will become 10th state in the US to legalize same-sex marriages

The state senate in Rhode Island has passed a bill that will make their state the 10th in the US to allow gay marriage.

In a 26-12 vote Wednesday (24 April), the Democratic controlled senate passed a bill that had made it out of the judiciary committee just a day earlier.

Rhode Island had been the only New England state where gay marriage is not yet legal. Governor Lincoln Chafee says he plans to sign the bill into law.

In a statement after the vote, Chafee said the senators has chosen 'tolerance and fairness over division and discrimination.'

April 23, 2013

Vote before full Senate could take place this Wednesday

The Rhode Island Senate's judiciary committee voted 7-4 today to send a marriage equality vote forward to the full senate for a vote that could happen as early as Wednesday (24 April).

Rhode Island is the only New England state where gay marriage is not yet legal. Governor Lincoln Chafee has made clear he will sign the bill into law if it passes the senate.

April 23, 2013

Vote before full Senate could take place this Wednesday

The Rhode Island Senate's judiciary committee voted 7-4 today to send a marriage equality vote forward to the full senate for a vote that could happen as early as Wednesday (24 April).

Rhode Island is the only New England state where gay marriage is not yet legal. Governor Lincoln Chafee has made clear he will sign the bill into law if it passes the senate.

March 22, 2013

Matthew Lannon: 'If there's one thing you don't mess with in life, it's love'

In a marriage equality hearing that lasted until 5 am Friday (22 March), one of the most memorable speakers was a 12 year old boy with two moms and two dads.

'Do you believe that my parents are equal to every other straight couple in Rhode Island? I personally believe everyone is equal,' Matthew Lannon told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. 'In many ways my parents are like other couples.'

January 25, 2013

Legislation now goes to State Senate where it faces tougher fight

The Rhode Island House of Representatives passed a marriage equality bill on Thursday (24 January) bringing the tiny New England state one step closer to legalizing gay marriage.

The House easily passed the legislation by a vote of 51-19 but it now faces what is expected to be a much tougher battle in the State Senate.

It will next face a Senate committee which must vote in favor of the bill being sent before the full Senate for a vote.

Governor Lincoln Chafee will sign the bill into law if it also passes the senate.

January 25, 2013

Legislation now goes to State Senate where it faces tougher fight

The Rhode Island House of Representatives passed a marriage equality bill on Thursday (24 January) bringing the tiny New England state one step closer to legalizing gay marriage.

The House easily passed the legislation by a vote of 51-19 but it now faces what is expected to be a much tougher battle in the State Senate.

It will next face a Senate committee which must vote in favor of the bill being sent before the full Senate for a vote.

Governor Lincoln Chafee will sign the bill into law if it also passes the senate.

January 22, 2013

Judiciary Committee unanimously votes to send legislation to full House of Representatives - possibly this week

The Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday (23 January) unanimously voted to send legislation to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry  to the full House of Representatives.

The 11-0 vote is the first legislative hurdle in making Rhode Island the tenth state in the US to legalize same-sex marriage.

Rhode Islanders United for Marriage campaign director Ray Sullivan called the vote 'historic' and 'affirmative.'

January 22, 2013

Judiciary Committee unanimously votes to send legislation to full House of Representatives - possibly this week

The Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday (23 January) unanimously voted to send legislation to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry  to the full House of Representatives.

The 11-0 vote is the first legislative hurdle in making Rhode Island the tenth state in the US to legalize same-sex marriage.

Rhode Islanders United for Marriage campaign director Ray Sullivan called the vote 'historic' and 'affirmative.'

January 22, 2013

The smallest US state's House Judiciary Committee is expected to pass the marriage equality legislation later today (22 January)

Rhode Island’s House Judiciary Committee will vote on legislation to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry today (22 January).

The full House of Representatives could take up the bill later in the week if the committee votes to send it to the floor.

The state’s lawmakers, a majority of Democrats, are expected to pass the measure. However gay rights activists say they are less confident about the Senate.

If the bill passes, the proposal would legalize marriage equality as well as recognize the already legal same-sex civil unions as marriages.

January 19, 2013

Episcopal Bishop Nicholas Knisely has urged clergy to support marriage equality in the US state of Rhode Island ahead of a committee vote on the issue on Tuesday

Rhode Island Episcopal bishop, the Rev, Nicholas Knisely, has written to clergy in his diocese to urge them to support same-sex marriage in the US’ smallest state.

‘As the Episcopal Bishop of Rhode Island, I support the bill before the General Assembly that would allow same-sex couples to marry in our state, not in spite of my Christian faith, but because of it,’ read a statement by Bishop Knisely that was sent to all active Episcopal clergy in Rhode Island on Friday.

January 17, 2013

Could become tenth state in the US to legalize same-sex marriage and the last do so in New England

Rhode Island is the only New England state in the US that has not yet made gay marriage legal.

But that may change as the state's House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a Tuesday (22 January) vote on a marriage equality measure that would allow gay and lesbian couples to marry in the geographically smallest US state.

January 15, 2013

Lawmakers in the US smallest state are set to start debating the legalization gay marriage

Rhode Island's Statehouse is set to start debating legalizing gay marriage today (15 January).

Supporters of gay marriage said they will protest in front of the Statehouse to urge lawmakers to legalize marriage equality.

If successful it would be the smallest and tenth state to legalize gay marriage and the last do so in New England, report AP.

May 14, 2012

Gov. Lincoln Chafee says state is 'overdue, way overdue' in legalizing gay marriage

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee on Monday ((14 May) signed an order which requires the state to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere even though the state itself does not have marriage equality.

Chafee's action entitles same-sex couples to the same benefits as straight couples including health insurance, life insurance and being able to list the names of both parents on a birth certificate.

May 14, 2012

Gov. Lincoln Chafee says state is 'overdue, way overdue' in legalizing gay marriage

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee on Monday ((14 May) signed an order which requires the state to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere even though the state itself does not have marriage equality.

Chafee's action entitles same-sex couples to the same benefits as straight couples including health insurance, life insurance and being able to list the names of both parents on a birth certificate.