Roughly one thousand people flooded to Providence, Rhode Island and the Statehouse in order to attack any progress on same-sex marriage that the state may make in the near future. The attacks on marriage equality ranged from the usual hyperbole to the theocratic. The opponents to equality were led by clergy members seeking to impose their theocratic beliefs on others.
Reverend Darrell Lee has, apparently, missed the lack of societal decline in Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine, New York, Iowa, Maryland, Washington DC, and Washington State. He stated “This has to be stopped, before Pandora’s Box of societal decline, begins to happen in Rhode Island.”
Bilma Delcompare took the theocratic approach and stated “Because God established a man and a woman, only.” Luis Hernandez decided his best tactic was to sound like a dictionary saying “It’s should be defined man and woman. Man and woman.”
ABC6′s Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis stated that “The large numbers of people who turned out here in opposition, are probably a strong indicator of why supporters of same gender marriage want to see this done by the General Assembly, and not by voters in a ballot initiative.”
In person opposition to marriage equality was actually larger in Maine, Maryland and Washington State before they went to the vote last year. All three passed marriage equality at the ballot.
The House Judiciary Committee heard from both sides of the divide. Tony and Silvia Deluca testified on behalf of their daughter, who married her wife in Massachusetts. Tony Deluca stated “We want equal protection equal protection under the law, and we want full civil rights for her and her spouse.”
Not all of the clergy there were anti-equality. Reverend Gene Dyxzlewski stated , “I come from the religious position where I believe that same sex marriage is in fact, part of God’s plan.”