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RI Governor's Gay Rights Veto Called 'Heartless' by Attorney General


Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch has criticized Governor Donald Carcieri's veto of a bill that would have given gays and lesbians the right to make funeral arrangements for their deceased domestic partners.

Said Carcieri: "This bill represents a disturbing trend over the past few years of the incremental erosion of the principles surrounding traditional marriage, which is not the preferred way to approach this issue. If the General Assembly believes it would like to address the issue of domestic partnerships, it should place the issue on the ballot and let the people of the state of Rhode Island decide.''

Respoonded Lynch, who is running for governor in 2010: "“I can only describe the Governor's veto as cruel and heartless.By vetoing this bill, he has demonstrated that he believes gay and lesbian Rhode Islanders are second-class citizens. If this bill comes before me as Governor, I will sign it immediately. It takes more than just talk to demonstrate a commitment to equality for all. It takes action. I have a record of proactively fighting for equality for gay and lesbian Rhode Islanders and I pledge to continue this fight as Governor.”

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  1. w00t!

    Posted by: David R. | Nov 12, 2009 2:50:08 PM

  2. what kind of person, not just what kind of politician, thinks it's OK to put people's rights up for a vote? if the Civil Rights Act had been put up for a majority vote in the '60s, it most likely would have failed too at that point in time. aren't politicians elected to LEAD? i really want this guy to have a heart attack or a stroke, and have to depend on a brilliant gay doctor to save his sorry life. i don't know any other way to get through to these imbeciles.

    and RI has a couple of decent Senators, too.

    Posted by: casey | Nov 12, 2009 2:53:01 PM

  3. Will the Legislature overturn the veto? I seem to recall reading that it passed the State Senate by a 35-0 vote. Not sure if that's accurate, nor what the Assembly vote was, but it sounds like it could be over-ridden.

    Posted by: Grey | Nov 12, 2009 3:14:13 PM

  4. Wait, Republicans have hearts?

    Posted by: Todd in NYC | Nov 12, 2009 3:38:10 PM


    No minority would EVER get any rights with tyranny of the majority!

    How fucking stupid *are* people

    Posted by: Grimmlok | Nov 12, 2009 3:52:38 PM

  6. Rhode Island is the most Catholic state in the country. This is going nowhere. Let's face it, if we couldn't get it done in Maine . . . .

    Posted by: lincolnlounger | Nov 12, 2009 5:08:59 PM

  7. Lincolnlounger:

    Don’t abandon Rhode Island, yet. What happened in Maine was the work of out of state agents. And, Catholics sometimes get a little cranky when their church starts bossing them around.

    Posted by: Gary | Nov 12, 2009 6:00:11 PM

  8. It does get frustrating living here sometimes. I'm not surprised though, the guy is a jerk.

    Posted by: Rob | Nov 12, 2009 6:07:59 PM

  9. Rhode Island is the most heavily Italian-American state, with also large numbers of French-Canadian, Portuguese, Irish. But northeast Catholics aren't very religious and New England, has a high rate of non-religious people, primarily because many Catholics are non-religious. Northern N.E., Vermont, N.H., Maine, has the highest rate of non-religious people in America. It's not the bible belt.

    Lynch is Democrat, the governor is Republican so there's politics involved. But he's right of course, it is heartless. I'm kinda surprised; Republicans in the northeast are generally far more middle of the road regarding issues like gay rights.

    Posted by: John in Boston | Nov 12, 2009 6:23:24 PM

  10. so is there any organized glbt effort to get out the vote/otherwise support the guy(s) running against the incumbent governor?

    is the mayor of providence interested in running for gov.? sen.?

    Posted by: james | Nov 12, 2009 6:37:19 PM

  11. Rhode Island also has the third highest support for gay marriage in a national poll released last week, behind just Vermont and Massachusetts. It will happen once the governor disappears.

    Posted by: Brian | Nov 12, 2009 6:55:00 PM

  12. As a former member of Marriage Equality Rhode Island I am not surprised by Carcieri's veto. He feels that any attempt at further equality for gay partners is treading on his sacred marriage. The man is hard core Catholic. His wife has even held rosaries at the state house. As much as he loves his God, and chills with His homeboy the Bishop, Carcieri has no concern for the poor people Jesus said to love and he hates us deeply.
    I'm no longer in MERI because I've moved to Texas. I hope I live long enough to see marriage for all come here, but at 28 I don't have high hopes.

    Posted by: emma | Nov 13, 2009 12:01:51 AM

  13. Catholics, Baptists, Mormons are constantly referenced. Pretty much all Protestant faiths disapprove of homosexuality. Rare exceptions. Anglicans, but it has literally split the church and is causing a civil war within it's ranks. And the number of Episcopal Americans is very small. Unitarians, again very small numbers, mostly in New England. The average faithful Protestant, even mainline Protestants , opposes homosexuality on religious grounds.

    Baptists are particularly prone to vocal anti-Gay preaching and bible thumping. The Catholic Church, being larger than all Protestant, Baptist and Mormon faiths combined, has tremendous wealth, power, and influence, and uses it institutionally to propagate anti-gay attitudes, referencing like Protestants and Baptists, the bible.

    There are many decent individuals within the Protestant, Baptist, Mormon, and Catholic faiths, including ministers, priests, preachers. That's why I don't like using a broad brush.

    Posted by: John in Boston | Nov 13, 2009 8:14:21 AM

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