In the gay marriage fight, national talent

Gay marriage advocates have been outspending - and outstaffing - opponents in state after state, of late. And the current fight in Rhode Island looks like no exception.

Providence Journal reporter Phil Marcelo, in a strong Sunday piece on the looming same-sex nuptials fight in the Senate, mentioned a couple of the roving, national talents who are helping gay marriage advocates this winter and spring: Matt McTighe, an activist with Rhode Island ties who ran the successful gay marriage referendum campaign in Maine last fall, and Amy Mello, a Rhode Island native who has served as field coordinator for a series of campaigns around the country.

But there are more. Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, has registered three of its staffers with the state as lobbyists - national field director Marty Rouse, senior regional field director David Turley, and regional field director Lynne Bowman.

Freedom to Marry, another national advocacy group, has leant social media guru Cameron Tolle to the campaign. Gill Action, funded by reclusive Colorado technology magnate Tim Gill, is also involved in the local effort, as are Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

A same-sex nuptials movement that was in turmoil - and transition - during the last major legislative battle in 2011 is looking stronger now. But it will be contending with a still-potent Catholic Church. 

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