PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Rhode Islandstate Senator wants to let voters decide whether to allow same-sex marriage in the state — and he wants to let religious organizations and businesses refuse to participate in providing services for same-sex weddings.
Sen. Frank Ciccone (D-Providence), introduced legislation Wednesday which seeks to place the referendum on the 2014 ballot.
The referendum would allow religious leaders to refuse to perform same-sex weddings and say small businesses like caterers and florists could also decline to provide services to a gay couple’s wedding.
Gay marriage supporters including House Speaker Gordon Fox and Gov. Lincoln Chafee oppose efforts to put gay marriage on the ballot, arguing that it’s a civil right and shouldn’t be subject to popular vote.
Despite the fact that one in three women have abortions in their lifetime, the long-standing stigma surrounding the procedure still persists. Planned Parenthood Generation Action at Virginia Commonwealth University partnered with Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project to host an event in hopes to help change that. The Abortion Speak Out, which took place Thursday at Firehouse Theatre [...]