Supporters Urge Rhode Island Lawmakers to Override Veto of Funeral Bill

by Steve Peoples | The Providence Journal

Mark Goldberg joins Susan Heroux, from Queer Action of Rhode Island, in submitting a petition to House Majority Leader Gordon Fox.

Mark Goldberg did not want this role.

Thrust into the spotlight because of the untimely death of his partner, he has become a legislative witness, a State House lobbyist, a reluctant activist.

The East Side man continued his unwanted mission on Smith Hill Wednesday, delivering a petition with 425 names to General Assembly leaders who have the power to end his political activism.

“This is for everyone,” he said, standing in the State House rotunda. “It’s not a gay or straight issue.”

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