Attending Gay Weddings May Turn Off God And Cause Scandal

By: Friday May 3, 2013 5:08 pm

Shun your gay loved ones on their most important day or you and God may end up on the rocks.  Worse yet, there may be talk in the village.  From Thomas Tobin, Catholic Bishop of Providence: At this moment of cultural change, it is important to affirm the teaching of the Church, based on God’s [...]

PolitiFact Rules “False” Bishop Tobin’s Claim That U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Could Nullify RI Marriage Law

By: Thursday April 4, 2013 11:15 am

Late last month we learned that Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, tried to delay legislative action on Rhode Island’s pending marriage equality bills with the claim that “Any legislative action that is taken now could very well be rendered completely null and void by the decision of the Supreme [...]

Rhode Island’s Catholic Bishop Attempts Another Delay Tactic

By: Wednesday March 27, 2013 1:40 pm

Forgetting that justice delayed is justice denied, Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence is trying to persuade the Rhode Island Senate to delay action on marriage-related legislation.  Here is the bishop’s Hail Mary pass: In light of the historic deliberations of the U.S. Supreme Court on same-sex marriage, it would [...]

NOM-Rhode Island Backs Poison Pill Amendment That Establishes Marriage Equality

By: Friday March 15, 2013 9:37 am

In an unexpected move the National Organization for Marriage in Rhode Island, the organization dedicated to barring same-sex couples from civil marriage, is now backing a proposed state constitutional amendment that would not only legalize marriage for same-sex couples, but enshrine that right in the state’s constitution. The constitutional amendment (S 708), filed yesterday by Sen [...]

RI: Bishop Tobin’s Flock Calls Marriage Equality “Inmoral” and “Unnecesary”

By: Wednesday January 16, 2013 4:25 pm

During last night’s legislative hearing on Rhode Island’s marriage equality bill, opponents of the legislation held signs that appeared to be quoting Bishop Thomas Tobin. Last week, the bishop released a statement that began with the sentence: “The proposal to legalize “same-sex marriage” in the State of Rhode Island is immoral and unnecessary.” Judging by [...]

Marriage equality bills introduced in Rhode Island

By: Saturday January 8, 2011 1:31 pm

Rhode Island banned discrimination based on sexual orientation in 1995 and based on gender identity/expression in 2001.  However, Rhode Island does not recognize the relationships of lesbian and gay people except for the purpose of making funeral arrangements. That may soon change. A marriage equality bill was introduced this week into both chambers of the [...]

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