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East Providence Senator Conley releases floor statement on support of same-sex marriage

By   /  April 24, 2013  /  Government & Politics, News  /  1 Comment

East Providence Senator William J. Conley delivers his remarks in support same-sex marriage legislation pending before the state's upper body.

PROVIDENCE — Wednesday, April 24, as the full Rhode Island Senate prepared to take its historic vote backing same-sex marriage legislation (Bill S38), East Providence’s William J. Conley was one of several senators to deliver remarks during discussion of the bill on the floor of the upper chamber. The bill eventually passed on a full […]

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Conley comments on support of same-sex marriage legislation

By   /  April 23, 2013  /  Government & Politics, News  /  2 Comments

Sen. William J. Conley Jr.

PROVIDENCE — Shortly after East Providence’s William J. Conley Jr. voted in favor of moving Bill S38 on same-sex marriage out of the Judiciary Committee and to a full vote of the Rhode Island Senate, the local legislator provided his reasoning for doing so and also signaled he was likely to support the proposal on […]

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East Providence’s Conley votes in majority for Senate’s same-sex marriage bill

By   /  April 23, 2013  /  Breaking News, News  /  No Comments

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PROVIDENCE — East Providence William J. Conley Jr. voted in the majority to support Rhode Island Senate Bill S38 Tuesday, April 23, helping to move the same-sex marriage piece of legislation out of the Judiciary Committee and to the floor for a vote of the entire upper body. Mr. Conley, in fact, voted for all […]

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East Providence’s Conley in spotlight as Rhode Island’s Senate begins same-sex marriage vote

By   /  April 23, 2013  /  News  /  1 Comment

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EAST PROVIDENCE — Supporters on both sides of the same-sex marriage issue have staked out East Providence as the epicenter of their efforts as the Rhode Island Senate begins its process of voting on proposed pieces of legislation, specifically targeting freshmen upper chamber member William J. Conley. Sen. Conley (D-Dist. 18, East Providence, Pawtucket) is […]

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Letter: Writing in support of same-sex marriage

By   /  April 14, 2013  /  Letters to the Editor  /  No Comments

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To the editor, As a priest at Church of the Epiphany in Rumford and as a gay man, I am writing to express my support for marriage equality in Rhode Island. At my ordination, one of the vows I made was to “build up the family of God.” Although I am called to build up […]

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Chamber: Marriage equality helps businesses

By   /  February 15, 2013  /  News  /  No Comments

NEWPORT COUNTY — Rhode Island hospitality and wedding industries are at a disadvantage because the state doesn’t recognize marriage equality. So says the Newport County Chamber of Commerce, whose board of directors Tuesday voted unanimously to issue a statement recognizing the positive economic impact seen by the hospitality and wedding industries in states that have […]

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Letter: Same sex marriage legislation is good for business

By   /  February 6, 2013  /  Letters to the Editor  /  No Comments

To the editor: I am writing to thank local leaders Ken Marshall and Ray Gallison for their votes in favor of the marriage equality legislation that recently passed the Rhode Island House of Representatives.  Marriage equality is indeed a civil rights issue, and as the wide margin of victory in the house indicates, the time […]

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Same-sex marriage bill heads to House floor for vote today

By   /  January 24, 2013  /  Government & Politics, News  /  No Comments

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PROVIDENCE — The House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, Jan. 22, voted unanimously to recommend passage of legislation to allow same-sex marriage in Rhode Island, sending the bill to the full House of Representatives Thursday, Jan. 24. A vote is expected Thursday in the House, where 42 of the 75 members signed on as sponsors of the […]

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East Providence State Senator Conley is surprised by surge of attention

By   /  January 22, 2013  /  Government & Politics, News  /  No Comments

Sen. William Conley

EAST PROVIDENCE — As a first-term lawmaker on Smith Hill, recently-installed State Senator William Conley (D, Dist-18) figured he, like any other newcomer to the General Assembly, would retain a certain amount of anonymity as he learned the ropes during his initial two-year term. But one very high profile issue and an appointment to the […]

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