Hate Extending Beyond The Grave

How much hate do you have to have in your heart?

An opponent of same-sex marriage, Republican Rhode Island Governor Don 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.

In his veto message, Republican Carcieri said: "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.


It was a bill designed for couples, same or opposite sex, who had an, "exclusive, intimate and committed relationship," but weren't legally married.

Carcieri had a couple of more reasons that only serve to illustrate what a bigoted asshole he is:

As written, he said the bill would allow the decisions of a "partner'' of a year to take precedence over "traditional family members,'' and he believes a "one year time period is not a sufficient duration to establish a serious bond between two individuals...[relative to] sensitive personal traditions and issues regarding funeral arrangements, burial rights and disposal of human remains.''

Does this mean Carcieri will be urging legislation that denies the right of opposite-sex married couples to arrange one another's funeral if they've been married for less than a year?

And is anyone aware of strange, insensitive burial traditions among the gay community? Animal sacrifices? Public funeral pyres?

Give it up, Mr. Carcieri -- embrace your bigotry, don't make asinine excuses.

Read the original article in The Daily Kos


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