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Disappointment in Rhode Island

Jun 30, 2011
Same-sex couples suffered a bitter legislative defeat in Rhode Island on Wednesday night when a bill allowing only civil unions -- but not marriage -- passed the state Senate, less than one week after New York granted gays and lesbians the right to marry. (more)

Rep. Patrick Kennedy Says He Won’t Run for Re-Election

Feb 12, 2010
Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy, son of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, announced in a video released late Thursday that he won't be seeking re-election this year. Kennedy doesn't address the reasons for his decision in his vague video, but he signals his gratitude to the people of Rhode Island and folds in a nice tribute to his dad while he's at it.

Give Kennedy His Cracker

Nov 23, 2009
The name Kennedy is just about synonymous with American Catholicism, but (at least) one of the brood is publicly feuding with the church. Patrick Kennedy, son of Ted and U.S. representative of Rhode Island, has been forbidden by his bishop to take communion since 2007.

That’s 5 Down, 45 to Go

May 7, 2009
Hey, everyone -- same-sex marriage is now legal in Maine! Take that, Miss California! There are rumors that New Hampshire may be next, leaving Rhode Island as the last bastion of heteronormativity in all of New England.