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Rhode Island Lawmakers Override Governor's Anti-Gay Veto


Rhode Island lawmakers handily overrode Governor Donald Carcieri's heartless veto of legislation granting funeral decision-making rights to domestic partners.

UPDATE: The bigot governor made a last minute plea to lawmakers, along with NOM, to respect his bigotry. They refused.

Said Carcieri at the time of his veto: 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.''

The Providence Journal reports: "The House vote was 67 to 3 and the Senate vote was 29 to 3. The only one of dueling defense-of-marriage, same-sex marriage and gay-rights bills introduced in Rhode Island last year that cleared the General Assembly, the legislation was an outgrowth of the personal tale that Mark S. Goldberg told lawmakers about his months-long battle last fall to persuade state authorities to release to him for cremation the body of his partner of 17 years, Ron Hanby."

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  1. And for once, the system works. Good job RI.

    Posted by: Steve | Jan 5, 2010 5:35:56 PM


    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jan 5, 2010 5:39:37 PM

  3. Take THAT, Bishop Tobin, Maggie and NOM! I hope this means RI is on the "slippery slope" toward marriage equality.

    Posted by: Tim | Jan 5, 2010 5:46:00 PM

  4. SUCK IT Carcieri!!

    Posted by: Ben | Jan 5, 2010 5:50:32 PM

  5. This is good news. Chip away until the new governor takes office.

    Posted by: Tyler | Jan 5, 2010 5:57:28 PM

  6. It's amazing that when Courts see Gay citizens as equals and say so the Radical Religious Extremists call them Activist Judges and insist the state's Legislature act. When the state's legislature acts and create equal treatment under the law the RadRegExt then scream put it to a vote of the people. Does that tell you the RedRegExt don't want All Americans to be treated equally under the law especially Gay Americans? Sure does to me.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Jan 5, 2010 6:24:48 PM

  7. It's not amazing, sargon: it's typical. There is no truth (they don't care about that word and never have) nor principle for these people to formulate coherent arguments from. In reality, there are no such things as activist judges (whoever disagrees), legislators or legislatures (those that disagree) as they've described--the only people who are inflicted with such calumny from them are simply those who legally disagree with them: the bedrock of our democracy. Instead of being forthright and honest about their beliefs on the issue so that they can provide arguments and be argued against, they've contrived terms like activist judges and legislatures to completely shut down any conversation on the merit of their opinions. Neither the law nor ethics have any connection to their invalid reasoning--it's whatever they want. They will say anything to promote and sustain bigotry, and their rhetoric is inconsistent; entailing that their beliefs are, too.

    It's good to know that evil people like the governor are occasionally met with the forceful rejection of the values and beliefs behind their actions that they deserve. He is a disgrace not just to his office, the state he represents, and the people he's harmed and tried to harm, but to humanity. Little does he know that by behaving as he has, he is no longer entitled to the consideration that a person who plays by the rules of ethics is.

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 5, 2010 7:59:14 PM

  8. Carcieri is a total lowlife bigot. The sooner he gets ripped out of office the better. He needs to heed the fact that his legislators have basically told him to get fucked! Suck it, asshole!

    Posted by: CKNJ | Jan 5, 2010 9:21:54 PM

  9. i'd like to know the thoughts of the 3 votes in each house to keep the veto. i can't think of any reason to vote with the governor, except for homophobia and hatred, pure and simple.

    Posted by: casey | Jan 5, 2010 9:33:37 PM

  10. very real headshot ,haha

    Posted by: iris | Jan 6, 2010 2:42:33 AM

  11. I'm real sick and tired of TRULY immoral people condemning gays because of their allegedly immoral behavior.

    The Governor is an embarrassment to anyone with a mind and a soul.

    Considering calling the Governor's office now! (401) 222-2080

    Posted by: Peter | Jan 6, 2010 9:33:10 AM

  12. This SOB is so out of step with the rest of New England.

    Posted by: charley | Jan 6, 2010 12:25:43 PM

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