PROVIDENCE — While unable to take part in the final vote for the technical change in the same-sex marriage bills Thursday, May 2, Representative Gregg Amore (D-Dist. 65, East Providence), in a May 3 press release, said he was thrilled to go down in history as one of the thousands of dedicated same-sex marriage advocates who made final passage a reality.
Rep. Amore, cosponsor of the same-sex marriage legislation in the House, said he wished he could have voted on Thursday but was proud to have voted for marriage equality in the first House vote in January. The representative was not present at the final vote due to a previously scheduled commitment in Denver, where he is representing Rhode Island as an early learning fellow at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Early Learning Childhood Conference.
“Unfortunately, this conference was scheduled a long time before my colleagues and I knew when these bills would come back to the House for final passage,” Rep. Amore said. “But I took comfort in knowing that a majority of my colleagues felt the same way I do about extending the rights of marriage to same-sex couples, so I chose to fulfill my duties as an early learning fellow during the vote on the technical change.”
Aside from being a history teacher at East Providence High School, Rep. Amore is also a strong advocate for improving early learning opportunities and has completed related work for his master’s degree. Additionally, he serves as a member of the House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare, where several early learning bills will be heard before the end of the legislative session.
“I have spoken on behalf of marriage equality on many occasions, and to see this finally pass while I am in office is such a wonderful privilege,” Rep. Amore said. “As a history teacher, it is definitely an exciting feeling to actually be a part of history here in Rhode Island. Had the vote been close, I would have flown home early to cast my vote.
“I wish I could have been present for that historic moment when Governor Chafee signed the legislation among the hundreds of people who put their stories out in the open in order for this to become a reality. It has been clear to many of us that this day would come, and, like many others, I was elated to wake up this morning knowing it would truly be a better day in Rhode Island.”