Rhode Island's governor, Don Carcieri, vetoed a law yesterday that would allow Rhode Islanders in same-sex relationships to make funeral arrangements for their deceased partners. His excuse?: "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."
Right. Planning a funeral is so much like being married.
Another tidbit from Carcieri: "If the General Assembly believes it would like to address the issue of domestic partnership, it should place the issue on the ballot and let the people of the State of Rhode Island decide."
Because people's legal rights should always be subject to majority vote, right?
P.S. The Rhode Island legislature is expected to override the governor's veto in a close vote. Keep watching ...