Chafee celebrates signing marriage bill with NYT op-ed

Gov. Lincoln Chafee is using some of the choicest real estate in all of American journalism – the New York Times op-ed page – to make his case about why he’ll be making the right move Thursday when he signs into law a bill allowing same-sex marriage (presuming it passes the House).

Chafee’s 1,200-word opinion piece – “Why I Am Signing Marriage Equality Into Law” – lays out clearly and succinctly the case the governor has been making since his inaugural speech in 2011: that allowing gays and lesbians to wed in Rhode Island will fit with the state’s history of tolerance and benefit its economy to boot. He also goes out of his way to praise the Rhode Island Senate’s GOP caucus for backing the bill, and makes a point of highlighting some of the brighter spots in the state’s economy.

This isn’t Chafee’s first foray onto the Times’ opinion page. In February 2010, just after he launched his successful campaign for governor, he published a piece called “Goodbye to All That” that suggested, following Evan Bayh’s disillusioned departure from the U.S. Senate, the need for a third political party.

One bit of political trivia that’s still unresolved: when exactly did Chafee actually start expressing support for same-sex marriage? Chafee notes in his op-ed that he opposed President Bush’s proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage in 2004, but at that point he only supported civil unions; during Chafee’s 2006 re-election campaign, however, he was on record supporting full marriage rights for gays and lesbians.

Whatever the case, Chafee supported same-sex nuptials long before most Democrats, let alone Republicans.

4 thoughts on “Chafee celebrates signing marriage bill with NYT op-ed

  1. Linc is a moron worse Governor ever.Not a real marriage because a real marriage is between a man and a women.This will never do anything for the economy.RI if full of these people the economy is still terrible.Look at New Hampshire since fruitcake marriage.It has done nothing for the economy.Linc loves to see his name in the press.In reality the Missing Linc should not be allowed to speak.

    • ^Agreed! The politicians don’t care about the poeple and their “needs”, they are about the votes. They will do anything to stay in office–even when it means throwing our society under the bus by giving perks to gays and illegal aliens.

      Just ask the victims of the Boston bombings what such perks brought them.

      I can imagine what garbage will emerge from letting gays marry and bring up kids…..

  2. I’m so happy that Chafee is signing this bill. Only weeks ago, he stated that this state was suffering economically because gays could not marry in Rhode Island.

    Now this economy will surely rebound; unemployment will be at less than .001%, businesses will move here in droves, streets will be paved with gols, cats and dogs will live together. OMG, I cannot wait. Good times are here again!

  3. read the column in the nyt…

    chafee clearly insinuates that gay marraige is what has held back the ri economy and now that its legal, the economy in ri will improve.

    i just can’t believe that he or anyone would belive it to the extent he does..

    its way over the top.

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