by Joe Siegel | EDGE Boston
Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri vetoed a bill on Wednesday, June 23, that would have expanded the state’s definition of a hate crime.
by Ray Henry | Associated Press
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.
by Steve Peoples | The Providence Journal
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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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Associated Press) — A survey released Wednesday shows that more than half of Rhode Island voters favor a law allowing gay marriage, leading advocates to point out to state leadership that it’s what residents want.
A Brown University poll showed 60 percent of registered voters in the state said they would support a law allowing gay couples to marry, and 75 percent said they would support a law allowing civil unions. Thirty-one percent said they would oppose a gay marriage law.