January 10, 2012
By Jacob Combs
We’ve been vocal in the past about getting Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed to sign on to DOMA repeal, which the senator said he would make a decision on “very shortly” last September. Today, our coalition is conducting an outreach campaign to keep the pressure up on Sen. Reed.
Titled “Senator Reed: 104 days ≠ ‘very shortly,'” Marriage Equality Rhode Island campaign cites a report that aired yesterday on WRNI, Rhode Island’s NPR station, saying the senator is still undecided:
“U.S. Senator Jack Reed says he wants to be thoughtful and not rush a decision on whether he will support repealing the Defense of Marriage Act, also known as DOMA. The law blocks federal recognition of same-sex marriage, and Reed voted for it back in 1996. When asked whether he supports a bill repealing DOMA, Reed says he’s thinking about it.”
I’ve written before on this site about my frustration that Rhode Island (a state I adopted as my own during my four years at college) has been on the tail end of marriage equality in New England despite having some of the best polling numbers on the issue. Senator Reed’s constituents certainly support the repeal of DOMA; he is long overdue to do the same.
If you or someone you know lives in Rhode Island, call Senator Reed’s office at 202-244-4642 and ask him to cosponsor the Respect for Marriage Act. 2012 will be a big year for marriage equality in the Ocean State, and we need all the allies we can get.
Update (Adam): Scott Wooledge at DailyKos summarizes the delay.