Ok, so I’m all What the Fuck about this. First of all I know for a FACT that the chair of the Judiciary committee, Rep. Edith Ajello SUPPORTS equality. I know that we have the vote on the judiciary committee. So why were these bills held?
I emailed Rep. Ajello the following:
Hello Rep. Ajello,
Unfortunately a prior commitment meant I couldn’t be at the hearing for the bills this past Wednesday evening. But I read the ProJo article and I see the bills are all held for study?
I’d like to ask as I know you’ve been supportive of marriage equality in the past, why are these bills being held?
Could it be the Speaker? If so, it’s high time he learn to fight fire with fire and tell Senate President Paiva-Weed that anything she transmits to the house will sit and stew until she moved on marriage equality.
But then I know how RI will get equality. It will be the courts that grant it, not the legislature.
I don’t know if I’ll get a response from her, I have in the past. But I ask a pretty pointed question there.
But the whole equality thing, it is one of the reason I’m actively looking for a job OUTSIDE Rhode Island. I’d prefer the Manhattan area.
You see, when you know legislators well enough to be able to accurately predict their behavior, it’s time to get the fuck out before you kill someone. But seriously – RI will get full marriage equality via a judicial ruling, not by any action of the RI legislature. So in that respect legislators here are pretty much useless.
And NYC – come on, their city council is bigger than the RI state legislature. That’s a political playground I would relish playing in! And if you’re the mayor – it’s like being the governor of RI, MA and CT put together.
Rep. Ajello wrote back. Apparently the hold for further study is used when a quorum isn’t present to keep the legislation alive. But it still smells a little funny to me. Knowing what I do of parliamentary procedure, they could just vote it right then and there.