Marriage equality heating up in Rhode Island

March 10, 2011 at 1:57 pm 66 comments

By Adam Bink

With hearings expected tonight in the Rhode Island Senate, the AP reports that the House may also move to consider the legislation next week. If success is had in Maryland and then Rhode Island, it would be quite a pair of strong victories.

Meanwhile, the Rhode Island Marriage Coalition (Marriage Equality RI, the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Ocean State Action, MassEquality, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, and Lawyers for Equality and Diversity) unveiled this ad (h/t PHB):

I’ve had the pleasure of traveling through Rhode Island several times, and encountering some wonderful fair-minded folks. Hopefully legislators seize this chance.

Update: Oh, and this is rich:

Via Jeremy (audio), she also mocks HRC’s logo. No, really. You stay classy, Jennifer!

Entry filed under: Marriage equality.

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  • 1. Rhie  |  March 10, 2011 at 2:02 pm


    • 2. Lesbians Love Boies  |  March 10, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      watching rhie watch

      • 3. Ed Cortes  |  March 10, 2011 at 2:20 pm

        I feel like such a peeping tom!

        • 4. Mark M - Seattle  |  March 10, 2011 at 3:06 pm

          Don’t you mean peeping Ed? :-)

          • 5. Ed Cortes  |  March 10, 2011 at 3:10 pm

            OK – that got me cheered up! Thanks, I was able to watch only about half of the second video.

          • 6. JonT  |  March 10, 2011 at 7:30 pm

            Yeah, she’s pretty ignorant.

            I made it to 1:10 before throwing up in my mouth a little :)


      • 7. AnonyGrl  |  March 10, 2011 at 2:27 pm

        Winding my watch.

        Wow… how old does that make ME? :)

        • 8. Rhie  |  March 12, 2011 at 1:44 pm

          Oh right, cell phones aren’t the only things a person can carry to tell time :)

  • 9. Cassie  |  March 10, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    So, she said that same sex marriage is the vehicle to separate children from one of their biological parents. Well, what about this situation: A husband is sterile and he and is wife want to have a child. The husband and wife decide to use a sperm donor. By her logic, the husband should be excluded from the child’s life and the sperm DONOR should be in the child’s life. Right? Isn’t that what she’s saying? Lesbians have to use sperm donors and gay couples use an egg donor or surrogate. That is almost the same damn situation, with the gender of one of the parents switched. This lady bugs the hell out of me.

    • 10. Straight for Equality  |  March 10, 2011 at 2:25 pm

      How can JRM say what she does when she has an adopted son? I wonder how he feels hearing her remarks.

      • 11. AnonyGrl  |  March 10, 2011 at 2:31 pm

        And since she has adopted, and taken a child away from BOTH its biological parents, does that make her twice as evil?

        Well, she certainly is twice as vile.

    • 12. JonT  |  March 10, 2011 at 7:32 pm

      @Cassie: Logic is totally foreign to these types of “people”.

  • 13. Carpool Cookie  |  March 10, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    She must visit here! I notice she took my advice to “find a decent hairdresser”.

    Now if she can tone down the clown rouge, she might not scare people so badly. At least visually.

  • 14. Judy  |  March 10, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    (1) She likes the “presumption of paternity” when a hetero wife gets pregnant. Doesn’t she know why the gov’t does that? The gov’t needs to establish legal connections, quickly and immediately, without appearing to care at all who the biological father might actually be. It’s those same legal connections we want.

    (2) She calls herself the “foundress” of her organization. Methinks she might be backward regarding the feminist movement as well. Figures.

    (3) Her facts are not supported by the facts. I hope legislators look into the court records instead of listening to people blab on the internet.

    (4) The real world isn’t so easy, lady. My partner looks like a female, but has XY (male) chromosomes. Why can’t I marry her/him?

    (5) My son came from an anonymous sperm donation because my then-husband was sterile. I guess I was devious to create such a situation? Tell that to my son, who otherwise wouldn’t exist.

    (6) The fact that our side actually puts up videos of their side, yet not the other way around, shows which side wants real debate, thought, and facts.

  • 16. Robert  |  March 10, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I would like to know what her doctorate is in. Her arguments lack logic, and it’s quite obvious how much hatred and disgust she feels for anything that is different. I get the impression from her tone and her words, that, in a way she is saying “How dare we ask to be equal!?!”. I find the whole video quite disturbing.

    • 17. Kathleen  |  March 10, 2011 at 2:46 pm


      • 18. Straight Ally #3008  |  March 10, 2011 at 6:51 pm


  • 19. Kathleen  |  March 10, 2011 at 2:44 pm

  • 20. Menergy  |  March 10, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    what’s in that cabinet/closet behind her which has a cross hanging on the wall above it? I sort of shudder to think….

    And, yes, the adoption option is strangely missing in her “statement” – and also any recognition of the legal basis for the marriage contract, not the religious one which a state really couldn’t care less about.

    • 21. Carpool Cookie  |  March 10, 2011 at 4:55 pm

      I think it looks like she’s in a basement. Is her husband going to come home soon and let her out? Seriously!

      • 22. Ed Cortes  |  March 10, 2011 at 6:07 pm

        I hope NOT!

  • 23. Sagesse  |  March 10, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Scribin’ to watch later. Wishing for Maryland and Rhode Island to do the right thing.

  • 24. Carpool Cookie  |  March 10, 2011 at 3:19 pm


    (Warning: Vertigo spoilers ahead)

    Okay, bear with me! I have been nattering on about Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 film Vertigo in another thread, because its musical score is sampled in the prologue to the Born This Way video…which is interesting (to some of us) in itself.

    It also just occurred to me, though, that one of the key lines in that film is when a disillusioned Kim Novak asks the hero “Couldn’t you like me…just me, the way I am?”, meaning aside from how she looks, or may or may not fit into his preconceived fantasies.

    I wonder if this message is another reason Lady Gaga was attracted to referencing this particular film in this particular video? Am I ON to something…or have I just had too much coffee?

    (Here’s a clip of a retired Kim Novak discussing how central that particular line in the film was to her, at the 1:00 mark.)

    • 25. Ray in MA  |  March 10, 2011 at 3:59 pm

      I think you’re on to something!!!

      I also noticed her eye make up when she is shown speaking “Just the way I am”.

      Maybe we’ll see a GAGA version of Vertigo someday!

      • 26. Carpool Cookie  |  March 10, 2011 at 4:21 pm

        OMG…I am so brilliant ! ! !

        Thank you for agreeing.

        • 27. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  March 10, 2011 at 6:26 pm

          yes you are!
          …thx for the tip…can’t wait!
          Delivery estimate: March 17, 2011 – April 1, 2011
          Shipping estimate for these items: March 11, 2011 – March 14, 2011
          1 “Hitchcock’s Films (International Film Guide Series, #2)”

  • 28. karen in kalifornia  |  March 10, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Twitter follow here:

    Marriage Equality Rhode Isand

  • 29. be4marriage  |  March 10, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    I wish Dr. J would do one of those videos everyday. It would show the world how sad and pathetic they really are.

    • 30. Ed Cortes  |  March 10, 2011 at 3:37 pm

      Wouldn’t that be the same thing as reposting the same one over and over and over and…..

  • 31. Josh  |  March 10, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Yea, parents will not be able to teach their kids about sexuality if this discrimination ends. Ok, just keep telling those lies, Jen. Once again, lies from these folks. Can’t wait until they meet God and have to explain all their lies.

  • 32. Ray in MA  |  March 10, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Jennifer, what about me!!!!

    I do not want and will not have children im my marriage!

    Maybe she will sign off on my Marriage and I can live free of her nasty and oppressive bigotry!

    • 33. Ray in MA  |  March 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm

      Well they think they have an answer for everything!

    • 34. Dave in ME  |  March 10, 2011 at 6:32 pm

      yeah, I’m with you on that, Ray! My partner had his children and grandchildren and I want none, so sign us UP!!!!

      Dave in Maine

      • 35. Ray in MA  |  March 10, 2011 at 6:39 pm

        you know Dave, everyone comes with tbaggage!


  • 36. Richard A. Jernigan  |  March 10, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Had to work so missed the hearings, but glad to see that equality is still on the front burner in Rhode Island. Now if they just live up to it and pass this all important piece of civil rights legislation!

  • 37. Reformed Conservative  |  March 10, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    • 38. Carpool Cookie  |  March 10, 2011 at 4:27 pm

      That music will ALWAYS creep me out…!

    • 39. Ray in MA  |  March 10, 2011 at 4:29 pm

      LOL! The extended version show tha amzing likeness between Jennifer and Miss Gulch!

      Jennfier “Miss Gulch” Morse:

      • 40. Ray in MA  |  March 10, 2011 at 4:31 pm


        A closer look a Miss Gulch:

        • 41. Carpool Cookie  |  March 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm

          Miss Gultch isn’t really the “live and let live” type.

          We should send Dr. J that hat.

          • 42. Richard A. Jernigan  |  March 10, 2011 at 5:01 pm

            Even as nasty as Miss Gulch was, comparing her to Jennifer Robach Morse is still an insult to Miss Gulch!

          • 43. Carpool Cookie  |  March 11, 2011 at 11:29 pm

            Yeah, at least Miss Gulch had suffered something, in that Toto DID bite her.

            Dr. J doesn’t have any suffering or damages that amount to a legitimate complaint.

      • 44. Mark M (Seattle)  |  March 10, 2011 at 6:18 pm

        I just love how calm and cool and well spoken Mr. Wolfson is, and how totally flustered and disheveled Sprigg gets.
        Very nice piece :-)
        Thanks for posting Ray

  • 45. Mark M (Seattle)  |  March 10, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Oh Dr. J….your video…what can I say? I laughed a little, grumbled a little, vomited in my mouth a little…all in all I’d say I deserve my 6 minutes and 42 seconds of wasted time back.
    You madam are some slimy piece of work

    • 46. Dave in ME  |  March 10, 2011 at 6:33 pm

      I didn’t even bother to watch. We’ve heard it all before. Bleck.

      Dave in Maine

      • 47. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  March 10, 2011 at 6:43 pm

        DITTO BLECH!!

        • 48. JonT  |  March 10, 2011 at 7:46 pm

          Blech has been seconded, motion is carried.

          • 49. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  March 10, 2011 at 7:53 pm

            : )

          • 50. Mark M (Seattle)  |  March 10, 2011 at 8:58 pm


  • 51. Kate  |  March 10, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    So, whatever happened with her cool video contest? Anyone ever really enter?

  • 52. Sagesse  |  March 10, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Watch: Hate Group Leader Peter Sprigg vs. Freedom to Marry’s Evan Wolfson on Boehner’s DOMA Decision

    • 53. Richard A. Jernigan  |  March 10, 2011 at 6:55 pm

      I think I now know who John Boenhner’s Rent Boy is–Mitch McConnell. Notice how every time you see Boehner, you see McConnell tagging along like a lovesick puppy dog? And you rarely, if ever, see McConnell without Boehner to protect him. They make a good match–Mean and Meaner! And is it just me, or does Peter Sprigg need to lose the cheap wig?

  • 54. Mark  |  March 10, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    “they would have GLADLY rented them separate rooms, but that was not enough!” hahahahahahahaha how about 5 rooms, one for each child and one for each parent. Sounds like an awesome family vacation!!

  • 55. Zak  |  March 10, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    I went to England with my partner. We stayed in B & B’s and small guest houses. One put us in a twin bed room, but all the others put us in a double bed room, no problem. In the case of the twin…it was a small place in a small town and we didn;t have a reservation. We gladely accepted that room.

  • 56. truthspew  |  March 10, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    I have the complete set of DVD’s from the house hearing. I couldn’t make either this year due to other commitments and a sick SO.

    But I will continue to agitate. Forever!

  • 57. jeff w.  |  March 10, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Wow, that is one ugly woman, inside and out, by deed, word and scarf.

  • 58. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  March 10, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Not sure if this was posted yet….

    New York times: Cuomo Vows Personal Push to Legalize Gay Marriage:

  • 61. Alyson  |  March 10, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Considering the Ruth institute mantra of one man one woman for life – does it strike anyone else as odd that their logo looks like a plural marriage of five women holding hands?

  • 62. Sheryl, Mormon Mother of a wonderful son who just happens to be gay  |  March 11, 2011 at 1:26 am

    Managed 2 minutes. All I could take of her blabbering on as if allowing gays and lesbians to marry will somehow harm heterosexual families. And all of that talk about marriage binding a man and woman and keeping them from straying (my words), give me a break.

    Sheryl, Mormon Mother

    • 63. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  March 11, 2011 at 5:14 am

      appreciate the review as I couldn’t bring myself to watch it…xoxo

  • 64. Ronnie  |  March 11, 2011 at 6:30 am

    First, Jennifer Roebuck Morse…I promise you, history will NOT be kind to you, you selfish, Fascist, uneducated Bitch….

    Second, there are over 200,000 homeless & orphaned children in this country either neglected by their heterosexual biological parents, abounded by their heterosexual biological parents, or runaway from home because they fear for their lives from their own families & communities because they are LGBT. They don’t feel safe with people like you, Jennifer. They would rather live on the streets & starve then live with people like you. They would rather take their own lives then live with people like you, Jennifer.

    There are thousands of finically stable LGBT couples capable of providing them with love & support as well as the necessities required to survive such as food & water, clothing, shelter. healthcare, & a proper education (which clearly your parents failed with providing you with) until they are old enough & capable of providing for themselves.

    But you selfish heterosexist supremacists don’t care about those children because you’re busy making your own or they are not “perfect” enough for you. Don’t give me that bull that you care about children. You don’t care about anybody unless they follow your holy book, “God” & religion exactly like you & live their lives how you want & demand. Other people’s lives are not about what you want.

    You Jennifer Roebuck Morse, have not one ounce of ethics, morals, or decent human values & you are 100% un-American. Shame on the parents that raised you…SHAME……<3….Ronnie:

    I give a damn about the children, do you? (Clearly you DON'T Jennifer R. Morse)

    • 65. Ronnie  |  March 11, 2011 at 6:33 am

      ugg….damn auto correct…I clicked on the wrong word….that was supposed to read “abandoned by their heterosexual biological parents”…….(sighs) ….. : / …..Ronnie

  • 66. 415kathleenk  |  March 11, 2011 at 9:31 am

    I watched the entire Morse video- it was difficult but then I immediately read all the comments here and had a good laugh. The perfect antidote.
    Will check out Wolfson vs. Sprigg at lunch. Waiting for news from Maryland…


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