Wednesday, August 20, 2014

R.I. Constitutional Convention has few fans at hearing

R.I. Constitutional Convention has few fans at hearing




Also opposed were Steven Ahlquist, president of the Humanists of Rhode Island, and Pablo Rodriguez, former medical director for Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island.  
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Ahlquist, meanwhile, said holding a convention would encourage out-of-state groups to invest large amounts of money to help their causes, here in Rhode Island.  
“Holding a Constitutional Convention is tantamount to putting a for-sale sign on the Rhode Island state Constitution,” he said. “The battles engendered will be costly, not only in terms of money, but in terms of the quality of discourse. Do we really need to re-litigate marriage equality? Should we be putting basic human rights up to a vote?”

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