Pro-gay marriage advocacy group MERI, which hasn't yet given up on same-sex nuptials legislation, is planning a rally at the State House tomorrow at 4:30 p.m.
"We are rallying to let everyone know we will not accept the legalized discrimination civil unions would create," says Ray Sullivan, the former state representative running the MERI campaign. "Our demand has always been for the recognition of full equality, not the establishment of a second class of citizenship."
Sullivan, who is asking demonstrators to wear red, has strengthened the MERI campaign since he came on board a few months ago. But barring a last-minute surge of unexpected power, advocates will have to settle for civil unions this year - and probably next.
Indeed, it will be difficult to win same-sex marriage legislation in 2012 with the same cast of characters in the leadership and an election, which always scares legislators, in the fall. Advocates won't want for work though - picking up seats in the General Assembly will be a top priority.