Last week the R.I. House Judiciary Committee heard testimony in favor and opposed to two measures. One bill, sponsored by Rep. Arthur Handy (D-Cranston). would legalize homosexual marriage while the other, sponsored by Rep. Jon Brien (D-Woonsocket), would put the issue of marriage before the people of Rhode Island as a constitutional referendum.
Hundreds of people turned out for the hearing in order to voice their opinions and make their beliefs on the bills heard.
The testimony lasted for hours and concluded shortly before 2:00 a.m. the next morning. Many of the committee members as well as many of the general public stayed until the bitter end. Without a doubt the next day they were quite exhausted and fatigued. However, the momentum helping to stop the legal redefinition of marriage cannot afford to take a nap. We are at a critical juncture for our state and for the future of marriage itself. Catholics and others who support marriage and oppose homosexual marriage need to continue to make their voices heard on Smith Hill.
If you have not contacted your state representative to express your opposition to same-sex marriage, call today. If you too believe that marriage is too important to be redefined by 113 elected officials at the State House, send an e-mail today to your state representative. If you are concerned that powerful elected officials and a well-organized special interest group will redefine marriage then tell your family, friends and neighbors to join you in calling members of the RI House of Representatives to tell them you oppose homosexual marriage.
Marriage does matter. Voice your support for marriage and family life in Rhode Island.
Act now. Call today.