Rhode Island Lawmakers Override Gov’s Veto, Approve Funeral Planning Rights for Gay, Unmarried Couples

by Ray Henry | Associated Press

Gov. Carcieri

Lawmakers in Rhode Island have voted to give same-sex and unmarried couples the right to plan the funerals of their late partners, overriding a veto by the state’s socially conservative governor.

The General Assembly voted Tuesday by wide margins against the objections of Republican Gov. Don Carcieri (kuh-CHEHR’-ee), who argued the legislation represented an erosion of traditional marriage.

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