1. says

    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.

  2. Grey says

    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.

  3. Grimmlok says


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

    How fucking stupid *are* people

  4. lincolnlounger says

    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 . . . .

  5. Gary says


    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.

  6. John in Boston says

    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.

  7. says

    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.?

  8. Brian says

    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.

  9. emma says

    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.

  10. John in Boston says

    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.