Lincoln Chafee, the independent governor-elect of Rhode Island, is not going to be swayed by same-sex marriage opponents.
The executive director of the Rhode Island chapter of the antigay National Organization for Marriage, Christopher Plante, recently stopped by Chafee's transition office to discuss the issue of gay marriage. After a discussion with a Chafee aide, Plante was hopeful the new governor would be open to a ballot initiative in which voters would decide on same-sex marriage -- Rhode Island is the only New England state other than Maine that doesn't recognize marriage equality.
But Plante later received a letter from Chafee's office that reiterated the governor's belief in marriage equality and stated, "The governor-elect feels that the issue should be addressed as soon as possible by the General Assembly, and does not believe that the question should be decided by a ballot referendum."
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