From last week’s edition of the Rhode Island Catholic, on NOM-Rhode Island’s 2nd Annual Marriage & Family Day:
[B]ased on the turnout at this past Sunday's second annual celebration, held on the grounds of the Aldrich Mansion, it appears that the event could be a Rhode Island fixture for years to come.
"This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate marriage," said Christopher Plante, executive director of the Rhode Island chapter of the National Organization for Marriage, which organized the event.
"If marriage is worth defending, it's even more worth celebrating," Plante said.
More than an estimated 1,000 people attended the daylong celebration, which featured an inflatable "bounce house," face painting and ice cream for the kids.
"The fact that we got this type of turnout suggests to me there is a place for an event like this in the culture of Rhode Island," said Scott Spear, an attorney at Blish & Cavanagh and a NOM-RI board member.