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RI Governor Carcieri Delivers 'Traditional Marriage' Speech at Anti-Gay Massachusetts Group's Fundraiser

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Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri crossed state lines last night to deliver a speech about "traditional marriage" to the Massachusetts Family Institute. In September, gay groups had asked Carcieri to cancel the appearance. Here's what the MFI says about gays on its website:

"MFI does not consider homosexual behavior to be merely an alternate lifestyle or sexual 'preference'; it is an unhealthy practice and destructive to individuals, families and society. Our compassion for those plagued by same-sex attraction compels us to support the healing of those who wish to change their behavior. MFI strongly opposes any efforts by political activists to normalize homosexual behavior and all attempts to equate homosexuality with benign characteristics such as skin color, or the 'gay rights' movement with the civil rights movement."

The MFI did everything they could to enact a ban on same-sex marriage in Massachusetts in 2007, and failed.

Carcieri, who is also a strong supporter of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), told the crowd of more than 300 that marriage is "not a civil right". Said the governor: "It is a not civil right. I get aggravated when it is portrayed that way. Marriage is a license by the state. It is about a state’s responsibility, which is the reason why states don’t allow a lot of types of marriages."

The Providence Journal reports: "The protesters outside were from a variety of Rhode Island gay-rights advocacy groups including Queer Action Rhode Island, which in August called on the governor to cancel his appearance. They said his decision to speak before the Massachusetts Family Institute, which had been confirmed more than a month ago, sends a 'bad message' to Rhode Islanders as the state weighs the issue of same-sex marriage...Said Susan Heroux, a member of Queer Action RI, 'They go way beyond opposition to gay marriage. In their far-out views, they think [homosexuality] is a disease that we can be cured of. … It feels like they’re trying to eradicate us.'"

Carcieri has agreed to meet with gay groups face-to-face in early November to discuss his position on a variety of isues.

Watch an ABC6 report on Carcieri's speech to the MFI, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. We do not consider fundamentalist behavior to be merely an alternate lifestyle or spiritual 'preference'; it is an unhealthy practice and destructive to individuals, families and society. Our compassion for those plagued by fundamentalist religiosity compels us to support the healing of those who wish to change their behavior.

    Posted by: Carmen | Oct 16, 2009 9:22:20 AM


  2. "marriage is "not a civil right". Said the governor: "It is a not civil right. I get aggravated when it is portrayed that way."

    So he gets aggravated at Mildred Loving and Julian Bond?

    Posted by: Kevinvt | Oct 16, 2009 9:34:49 AM


  3. I worked in Providence for a year and i was always told that RI was THE most liberal state in the union. How did this tool get elected?

    Posted by: George | Oct 16, 2009 9:51:59 AM


  4. Jezz Governor.

    Let's not forget that marriage is firstly a civil matter in America, as marriage licenses are issued by and recorded in town halls not church halls not mosques or temples.

    All summer long I officiate for couples who came to CT to wed from all across the country. And many of these couples have been together for many, many years. Congrats to all.

    And to the marriage police and sexually phobic please find something else to do with your time because life's to short. Find love.

    Cheers, Joe Mustich, Justice of the Peace,
    Washington, Connecticut, USA.

    Posted by: Joe Mustich | Oct 16, 2009 9:56:08 AM


  5. Rhode Island is such a weird state. The State Legislature is 90% Democratic, and federal dems get elected by 65%+. But it is a somewhat corrupt state, and I think Carcieri and other Republican governors have been a revolt against that. He only won by like 50.9 percent, and it was in a midterm year. He'll be out next year, and there'll be a much better replacement (whoever wins). I can't wait.

    Posted by: Tyler | Oct 16, 2009 10:21:15 AM


  6. When will these groups get it that it's their hate, biggotry, and exclusive behavior that Is the unhealthy behaviou and the detriment to society, not marriage equality!

    Posted by: Jones-munoz | Oct 16, 2009 11:47:55 AM


  7. Why are they allowed to continue to call it "supporting traditional marriage"? That is NOT what they are doing, because everyone who supports same-sex marriage also supports traditional marriage. What these jerks support is discrimination against gay couples.

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 16, 2009 1:04:02 PM


  8. R.I., just 40 miles south of Boston, is a place where 'in-door' prostitution is legal.

    R.I. capital, Providence, 40 miles south of Boston, has an openly gay mayor.

    R.I. is NOTORIOUS as an important center for organized crime on the East coast. N.E. LCN is H.Q. in Providence, not Boston.

    R.I. has a terrible economy with very high unemployment. Many who do work, work in Massachusetts, many even commuting to Boston.

    Doesn't this moron have enough on his plate? Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

    Posted by: John in Boston | Oct 17, 2009 7:26:39 PM


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