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13 November 2009

Rhode Island governor "protects marriage" by vetoing bill that would have allowed gay couples to make funeral arrangements for each other. [More:]

This is the kind of shit that keeps me awake nights. My partner and I have wills, power of attorney, etc etc, but thanks to the good people of Georgia and their anti-gay amendment, all of that could be ignored if a judge found our arrangements to be too close to "a benefit resembling marriage." The story of the guy in this article trying to have his partner cremated (about 13 paragraphs down) is my worst nightmare.
heartless. :(
posted by kellydamnit 13 November | 08:52
argh. I had an incoherent comment up here, but I can't really articulate it any better than GRAH.

Goddamn it. What the fuck is wrong with people? Fuck!
posted by gaspode 13 November | 09:02
Hopefully this will be put to the people on a ballot and they will vote for it. If he is on record saying he wants the people to decide this, then he better not veto it when they do.
posted by rmless2 13 November | 09:40
posted by Miko 13 November | 09:58
posted by CitrusFreak12 13 November | 10:48
I'm from New England too. We always learned that Rhode Island was created by folks hoping for a more tolerant life then the rest of us poor zealots.

What happened to that? How did that guy get in office?
posted by eatdonuts 13 November | 10:54
Thanks for posting this, BP, I haven't been keeping up on my current events.

Checked a local blog I usually read, saw this.

What an ass.
posted by CitrusFreak12 13 November | 10:55
posted by mudpuppie 13 November | 11:12
That's fucked up.
posted by arse_hat 13 November | 11:46
See, this is what I can't get past: I can see (not understand, not condone) how people can be anti-gay marriage, right? But this is miles, miles beyond that. It's just mean, plain and simple. Mean.
posted by gaspode 13 November | 12:16
Grar, indeed. Fuckers.
posted by Stewriffic 13 November | 12:29
But this is miles, miles beyond that.

This is why you can't believe the haters who say they only care about tradition or OMG THE CHILDREN or whatever. Because they never, ever stop. Once they've hurt you in one way, they'll always look for the next step so they can hurt you again.
posted by BoringPostcards 13 November | 15:39
Exactly, BP. Fuckers.
posted by gaspode 13 November | 16:11
If you want some hope, look at the trend over time state by state, and by age cohort. RI is one of several states that have already passed the 50% mark overall (however that is not weighted for the voting electorate).
posted by dhartung 13 November | 17:06
What part of "I would like my partner to make the following arrangements after my death" is not a decision by "the people of the state of Rhode Island", the only people who should be permitted to weigh in? Shameless pig.
posted by notquitemaryann 13 November | 17:31

posted by jonathanstrange 14 November | 03:34
I just do not understand how a governor can veto a bill that passed, 63 to 1, that allows people to bury their loved ones. It is completely, mind-bogglingly ridiculous.
posted by brina 14 November | 19:47
The more I think about this the sicker it seems.
posted by arse_hat 14 November | 23:51
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