Rhode Island’s Civil Unions Law Deemed A ‘Complete Failure’

Only 52 same-sex couples “have obtained civil union licenses in the nine months since Rhode Island enacted a law allowing them,” the ACLU reports, calling the measure a “complete failure.” Gays and lesbians are shunning the law because of its broad exemption allowing religious organizations to ignore their relationships and are traveling to neighboring states for full marriage equality. Hundreds of same-sex couples have married in Massachusetts, draining more than $8 million from the state’s economy. Yesterday, the a House committee considered legislation legalizing marriage equality in the state and removing the civil union law’s exemptions.