by Dan Savage
on Tue, Nov 10, 2009 at 4:23 PM
Remember how the enemies of marriage equality ran around Maine saying they didn't oppose all protections for same-sex couples—like domestic partnerships—they just wanted to protect the traditional definition of marriage from the homos? The state legislature in Rhode Island passed a bill that would've allowed domestic partners to make funeral arrangements for each other should one partner predecease the other. The Republican governor of Rhode Island—Donald Carcieri—vetoed that bill today.
In his veto message, Republican Carcieri said: "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.''
Only the rights of same-sex couples are subject to the whims of a bigoted electorate. Other reasons the governor gave for vetoing the bill: he didn't want some gay "partner'' to take precedence over "traditional family members" when it came to burial decisions (like the decision to bar your deceased son's male partner from the funeral), and he believed the "one year time period [for establishing a domestic partnership was] not a sufficient duration to establish a serious bond between two individuals." Says Joe...
Meanwhile, heterosexual couples that have known each other for ten minutes will instantly gain that right upon marriage.