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Fischer Quits MERI

Bill Fischer, spokesman for Marriage Equality Rhode Island (MERI) - the state's leading same-sex marriage lobby - has resigned from the group out of frustration over its direction.

"I am extremely frustrated with the current strategy and I have been for a long time," he says.

Among Fischer's concerns: a failure to directly engage Bishop Thomas J. Tobin and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, which mounted a potent lobbying effort against the now dead same-sex marriage bill.

The former spokesman also said the infrastructure of the gay nuptials lobby, which included MERI and several regional and national advocacy groups, grew "unwieldy."

Fischer said that while there is "a lot of finger-pointing at Gordon Fox," the openly gay Speaker of the House who declared the gay marriage bill dead and embraced a civil unions push instead, advocates "really need to look inward."

This is the latest blow for MERI, whose former executive director, Kathy Kushnir, resigned last week.

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