Rhode Island, as you know, is the lone New England hold out on legalizing same-sex marriage, primarily because the Catholic Church still have way too much sway over politicians in that state. Although, to be fair to Rhode Island, it does recognize same-sex marriage licenses issues in other states, which means there's a weird situation where gay people in Rhode Island go to Connecticut or Massachusetts to get married and then return home with a marriage certificate Rhode Island will recognize, but won't issue for itself.
The event was sponsored by the excretable National Organization for Marriage (NOM) — aka, the "Gay people should stay in the closet because they're icky" group — which really is a national anti-gay rights organization. According to the Blue Mass blog, it appears that NOM has a butt-buddy in the Tim Hortons organization.
In my mind, that makes Tim Hortons look worse.
Needless to say, Canadians frown on companies who get into bed with American right-wing religious wack-a-loons. The resulting uproar resulted in Tim Hortons pulling out of sponsorship of the event. (Tim Hortons has some store fronts in southern Rhode Island, just in case you're wondering why the company did something stupid like sticking its snout in a Rhode Island issue.)
Well, now that I know what kind of company Tim Hortons is, it appears that I will be sticking with Dunkin Donuts for the foreseeable future.