Obama Endorses Rhode Island Marriage Equality Effort

The president offered a show of support similar to that he gave the effort in Illinois.

BY Trudy Ring

January 11 2013 6:44 PM ET

President Obama has weighed in on the marriage equality debate in Rhode Island, with a supportive statement similar to the one he made on legislation in his former home state of Illinois.

“While the president does not weigh in on every measure being considered by the states, he believes all couples should be treated fairly and equally, with dignity and respect,” presidential spokesman Shin Inouye told the Washington Blade. “As he has said, his personal view is that it’s wrong to prevent couples who are in loving, committed relationships, and want to marry, from doing so.”

Legislation to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples was introduced last week in Rhode Island’s House and Senate. Votes are expected this month.

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