Wednesday, January 5, 2011

You Go, Little Rhody

The smallest state in the union is getting off to a big start in 2011.

During his inaugural speech yesterday, Republican-turned-Independent Lincoln Chafee, Rhode Island's new governor, said, “When marriage equality is the law in Rhode Island, we honor our forefathers who risked their lives and fortune in the pursuit of human equality.”

It's hard to know whether Roger Williams, the state's founder, would agree, but he didn’t role over in his grave, so I'm taking that as an affirmative.

Today former Providence mayor David Cicilline was sworn in as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, joining fellow Democrats Barney Frank of Massachusetts, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Jared Polis of Colorado as openly gay Congressmen.

Cicilline has already cast his first vote—for Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House. Here's hoping all his votes won't be lost causes.