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Lincoln Chafee is switching to Dem. Why? Something about worsening GOP obstruction, hostility to working with Obama


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Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee is switching from "independent" and will join the Democratic party. He used to be a Republican.

His spokesman, Christian Vareika, said he thought about it long and hard and felt he shared "principles and priorities and values" with the Dems, on minor little things like "affordable public education, investing in infrastructure, equal rights, marriage equality.”

Via Greg Sargent, Vareika went on to say this:

“If you look at what the party has focused on in recent years, it’s increasingly been social issues that excite the base but aren’t what matters to working Americans,” Vareika said. “The governor has seen the Republican Party has become much more hostile to reaching across the aisle and compromising and finding a middle ground. The governor has the feeling that at every juncture, Republicans in Congress have worked actively to thwart the president’s agenda, not for substantive policy reasons, but for political ones.”

I just realized he is following me on the Twitter Machine and sent my congratulations. He is clearly a very, very wise man... not for following me (although that does point to his fine taste and superb sense of humor, wink wink), but because of his astute observations about the GOP. Although his spokesman did understate it a little.

Okay, a lot.

How's that rebranding thing workin' for ya, GOP?




Video- Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee Tells O'Reilly He's Too Angry & More


Chafee is so steadfast. Via.


Gov. Lincoln Chafee: Rhode Island will recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere



PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island’s governor on Monday declared that the state will recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere, giving gay couples the same rights as heterosexual ones when it comes to health insurance and a slew of other benefits.

The order signed by Gov. Lincoln Chafee in a Statehouse ceremony directs state agencies to recognize marriages performed out of state as legal and treat same-sex married couples the same as heterosexual ones.

Civil unions, not gay marriages, are legal in Rhode Island, but some gay couples married outside the state haven't been allowed some of the same basic rights as hetero couples. Now spouses of state employees and anyone covered by an insurance company regulated in Rhode Island will get health and life insurance benefits.

And both parents will get their names on their child's birth certificate.

And more.

Pretty basic, huh?

So thank you, Gov. Chafee, for treating people as people, not as second class citizens.

But then there are those who think like Reince Priebus, who believes that gay Americans who want marriage equality don’t deserve civil rights, dignity, or respect. Teh Gays are not as good as other people, apparently.

Actually, when you think about it, it's those who think like Priebus that aren't as good as other people.


RI Gov. Lincoln Chafee signs bill allowing civil unions


It may be a slow weekend, but there are now two gay rights stories that made the news, and in a positive way.


Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed a bill into law Saturday that allows gay couples in Rhode Island to enter into civil unions, acknowledging that it was an imperfect piece of legislation but a “step forward’’ toward full marriage rights in the state.

Chafee said the bill fails to give homosexual couples the full marriage rights given to heterosexual couples and that he was concerned that an exemption given to religious groups was too broad.

Gay rights groups wanted Chafee to veto the bill because they felt it still discriminated against them, and the governor clearly acknowledged that he wasn't thrilled either, but at least it's something.

My mom used to say, "Good things come to those who wait" on a regular basis. Sometimes it feels like we have to wait forever.

Baby steps.

H/t: Maritzasolito