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Punch, lyin': The chicken who crossed the Rhode's gays

by Jeremy Hooper

Stop me if you've heard this one. A Rhode Island governor walks into an office, and sees a legislatively-adopted measure that would simply add "domestic partners'' to the list of people lawfully allowed to make arrangements for a deceased person's funeral, cremation, or burial arrangements. He looks at the bill, reads it over, and then says to himself, "Whoa, these gay people aren't getting way to uppity with their desire to die with dignity." So the governor whips out his pen and scribbles the word VETO on the bill. But not before he first adds insult to (hopefully non-fatal) injury, by stating that the proposal represents a "disturbing trend over the past few years of the incremental erosion of the principles surrounding traditional marriage." Oh, and get this: The same governor is also a supporters of anti-gay groups like the Massachusetts Family Institute and the National Organization For Marriage. Ha, ha, ha, ha...

Not funny? Yea, you're right:

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- An opponent of same-sex marriage, Governor Carcieri has vetoed bill that would have added "domestic partners'' to the list of people authorized by law to make funeral arrangements for each other.
Update: R.I. governor vetoes 'domestic partners' burial bill [Pro Jo]

*Gov. Carcieri's joke of a veto message:


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Your thoughts

This is absolutely ghoulish. When is Rhode Island's next governor's race?

Posted by: DN | Nov 11, 2009 9:44:02 AM

"What constitutes a domestic partnership is vague and ill-defined."

Right, nimrod. That's why we need marriage equality.

Carcieri has eloquently proven that seperate is not equal, especially in Rhode Island.

Posted by: DN | Nov 11, 2009 9:52:06 AM

I think that Rhode Island has just superceded Maine as stupidest state in the nation. I guess in a way I am glad that it only took a week to get us out of the number 1 spot.

Thank God we have a Governor I can be proud of. I just have 299,000 fellow citizens who are idiots.


Posted by: Leslie | Nov 11, 2009 11:02:38 AM

This made me see white when I learned about it last night, I was so angry. A woman I e-met at Yahoo! Answers is a lesbian who was frozen out of her partner of 20 years' funeral arrangements by the partner's homophobic parents. She had no say at all. The woman's gravestone says simply, "Unknown to God." Carcieri probably thinks that's a wonderful thing.

Many of us probably have homophobic "traditional family members" who we are estranged from or maintain very surface-y relationships with. My wife and I wrote wills in our early 30s not because we have lots of property, but because she hasn't seen her own parents in years and because my mother would absolutely not respect my end-of-life wishes. (BTW, if you are partnered in any way and don't have a will and medical power of attorney, DO IT.)

Just the fact that this arrogant piece of jackass meat thinks he can decide what relationships are "casual" or not pisses me off.

@ DN: You make a very good point.

Posted by: GreenEyedLilo | Nov 11, 2009 11:23:20 AM

Rhode Island Governor to Rhode Island Gays: Drop dead! (And don't even think about being buried together when you do).

Posted by: Mike | Nov 11, 2009 1:58:19 PM

Rhode Island is such a beautiful state. The people deserve a real governor instead of this jackass.

Posted by: John | Nov 11, 2009 5:14:09 PM

Next RI Governor's race is in November 2010, about a year from now. All the candidates polled so far indicate support of marriage equality.

But of course in the meantime I'm working with Marriae Equality RI to garner the necessary 3/5's majority in both houses so we can enact the law without the governors signature.

Posted by: Tony P | Nov 11, 2009 7:16:23 PM

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