U.S. Congressman David Cicilline who as a state representative cast the sole vote in favor of marriage equality while serving on the Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee in 2001 issued the statement below after the Judiciary Committee voted to pass marriage equality legislation. Cicilline also sent a letter today urging members of the General Assembly to enact marriage equality for all Rhode Islanders:
"I applaud the action of the House Judiciary Committee. Following President Obama's inaugural address that called for gay Americans to be treated equally under the law, I am pleased that the House Judiciary Committee has taken the first step towards enacting full marriage equality in our state. This important effort has received the support of a growing number of Rhode Islanders from nearly every political background and religious tradition, and I believe it is time our state recognizes the dignity and value of relationships between committed and loving individuals of the same gender by enacting full marriage equality in Rhode Island."