A day before the first House Judiciary hearing on Gay Marriage Governor Lincoln Chafee, Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts, General Treasurer Gina Raimondo, and several other politicians joined local clergy members to push for the passage of gay marriage legislation in the General Assembly.
Governor Chafee maintained his viewpoint that gay marriage is essential for the state's economic future and urged lawmakers to pass the bill in honor of the memory of the state's founder, Roger Williams.
The group entitled "Rhode Islanders United for Marriage" which is organized by Marriage Equality RI also had several clergy members speak including Rev. Donald Anderson of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches and Rev. Gene Dyszlewski chair of the Rhode Island Religious Coalition for Marriage Equality.
On Tuesday a rival group, the Faith Alliance to Preserve the Sanctity of Marriage as Established by God will hold a press conference opposing to proposed gay marriage legislation. This group includes Bishop Thomas Tobin, Pastor Luis Rodriguez, Iglesia de la Comunidad; Pastor Luis Suarez, Iglesia Nueva Generacion; Pastor Santos Escobar, Inglesia Vida Abundante UMC; Ron L'Heureux, Founder of Exodus 18; and Darrell Lee, Founder of Building Cities on God Ministries.
The group also plans to provide testimony at the Judiciary committee hearing.