NOM-Rhode Island Begins Radio Ad Campaign Telling Governor Chafee to Let the People Vote



February 3, 2011

CONTACT: Christopher Plante, at 401-954-7173 or


"Governor Chafee needs to stop wasting time by messing with marriage
and start focusing on the real issues of the state.”

– Christopher Plante, Executive Director of NOM-RI

Providence, RI – The National Organization for Marriage-Rhode Island (NOM-RI) launches a radio ad tomorrow focusing on Gov. Chafee’s attempts to pressure lawmakers into passing gay marriage, while serious threats to the state, such as its economy, are not receiving the attention they need.

“Lincoln Chafee has recently asked for more time to work on the state budget, but our question is why has he been wasting the state’s time pushing his same-sex marriage agenda instead of focusing on the economy?” said Christopher Plante, Executive Director of NOM-RI. “The Governor has been calling on the legislature to move quickly to enact same-sex marriage, denying voters their say on marriage, and pushing aside critical issues like getting the state economy on track.  He needs to stop wasting time by messing with marriage and start focusing on the real issues of the state.”

The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to have a hearing on a bill legalizing same-sex marriage next Wednesday, February 9.  The introduction of this bill represents the denial of the people of Rhode Island the right to vote on the marriage issue.

“In 31 out of 31 states where voters have been given the right to decide the marriage issue, all thirty-one have voted to protect marriage. We want Rhode Island voters to be given that same opportunity,” said Plante.  “Now is not the time for an activist Governor who only received 36 percent of the popular vote in the November election to force his agenda through the legislature and onto the state.”

NOM-RI has been active in the state on the marriage issue with previous ad campaigns, grassroots outreach, and events.

“We are not backing down from this challenge, and we will not let up on our efforts to get a vote for the people of Rhode Island,” concluded Plante.

Transcript of the Radio Advertisement:

“Wasting Time"
60 Second Radio


Oh brother.


What’s that, hun?


Lincoln Chafee says he needs more time to get his budget proposal together.


More time? Well it is a tough problem.


Which is why I don’t understand why he’s wasting time trying to redefine marriage instead of solving our economic problems.


Redefine marriage?


Chafee wants to impose gay marriage on Rhode Island with no vote of the people.


That’s not right.


He’s got time to pressure lawmakers about gay marriage, but needs more time to get his economic plan together?


Sounds like he’s wasting time.


I don’t want legislators messing with marriage. Marriage brings men and women together to help ensure that as many children as possible are raised by a mom and a dad. And kids need a mom and a dad.


What can we do?


I’m going to tell our representatives not to mess with marriage. And if they think marriage needs changing then they should put this issue on the ballot for voters to decide.


Let the people vote.

MAN (Different voice)

Paid for by National Organization for Marriage Rhode Island.

To schedule an interview with Christopher Plante, Executive Director of National Organization for Marriage-Rhode Island, please contact Elizabeth Ray,, (x130) or Mary Beth Hutchins,, (x105) at 703-683-5004.



  1. Citizen!
    Posted February 3, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    What a silly conversation, it's actually funny!... obviously the purpose of marriage is not to ensure that a plethora of kids are raised by a mom and dad- that's why its not illegal for couples to not have kids!! L.O.L. And that's what infertile people are also allowed to marry! Oh it tickles me the way people put so much effort into interpreting marriage definitions- they're not written in stone L.O.L.

    We all know that marriage is a unity between two people that love and care for each other. Gosh darn it, that's why we all love America, isn't it? It's a secular state that pays no respect to any established religions. But we can all believe and do whatever we want! Christians like myself can marry in church, and those gays and lesbians will soon enough be able to marry through their respective religions or even yet in a secular ceremony. We're all equals in the eyes of the country! Or at least on our way to be ;)

    I do hope that this will be brought to a vote, wouldn't that be fun!? I love the little things we do to participate in government. Besides, if it were brought to a public vote it would just make it so much easier to allow these gays and lesbians to have equality! Keep fighting for equality NOM. Love the comic from this morning!!1!

  2. Matt
    Posted February 4, 2011 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    The great irony is that NOM is pushing the NH legislature to "waste time" on same-sex marriage over the economy at the same time that it says that RI is "wasting time" by addressing same-sex marriage over the economy! Cynical politics at its worst!

  3. Will Fisher
    Posted February 4, 2011 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    Only 34% of Rhode islanders voted for an anti-ssm candidate. Hardly seems like a mandate to deny people the full equality promised by our Constitution.

  4. Ed
    Posted February 11, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Citizen--We all know that marriage is between a man and a women. Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

    Yes, bring it to a vote

  5. Paul Tarullo
    Posted February 11, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    Gov Chafee is a poor excuse of a politician who constantly ignores the will of the people of Rhode Island by not letting them vote on the question on a state ballot. Why not? What is this elite politician doing, beside driving the state of Rhode Island into financial ruin and social disgrace.

  6. Pete Mullen
    Posted February 12, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

    Why all this fuss over Chafee? I did not vote for him, do not think much of him, but I do think he will do his best, Gay marriage will not hurt anyone, get over it

  7. jim cavanaugh
    Posted February 13, 2011 at 12:18 am | Permalink

    I worked with the guy on a few projects. He was a nut job then and is a nut job now.. His father wa a good and great leader. My how the apple has fallen so far from the tree.

  8. Earle Elliott
    Posted February 13, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    I really and truly love 2 women down the street so I dont know why this society won't let me marry the both of them. I am also quite fond of my dog. But can I "marry" Bowser. NO! Why not ? After all this is Rhode Island and we do have a lunatic Governor.

  9. Posted February 14, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    While I respect anyone's right to follow their religion, and for that religion inform on their votes, to merely throw bible verses at people is not a way to bring people over to your views. I do not believe in your religion, nor am I afraid of it. Say I will burn in he'll if you wish. That doesn't scare me either. I just don't get why you're so afraid of ME? You live your life as you see fit as will I. Maybe then we can find things we agree upon and can work togetheron

  10. bem401
    Posted February 15, 2011 at 6:34 am | Permalink

    Gays and lesbians have the same rights as everyone else : to marry any consenting adult of the opposite sex. They are looking for rights that no one presently has. What comes next?

  11. Dr. Constantine Pagonis
    Posted February 15, 2011 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    People have got to vote on the marriage proposal.

    I am positive the people will REJECT this abomination of homosexual marriage. Chafee disgusts all the people of Rhode Island. He is a leftist radical just like obama. We should fight and defeat them both.

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