Joe Mirabella

Rhode Island to override veto of domestic partner death rights

Filed By Joe Mirabella | January 05, 2010 12:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: NOM, Rhode Island

In November, in an unusually cold anti-gay move, Rhode Island's Governor Donald Carcieri vetoed a bill that would allow domestic partners to collect the remains of their deceased loved ones.

The bill was inspired by the tragic loss of Mark Goldberg's partner whose body went unclaimed for a month after his death.

NOM supported the Governor's veto and opposed the legislature's overwhelming override of that veto. NOM said :

Rather than being compassionate, the legislation in question is actually an exploitation of Mr. Goldberg's tragedy by the homosexual-marriage activists in Rhode Island. Despite their claims to the contrary, these bills serve simply as "Trojan Horses" for homosexual-marriage.

As usual, NOM misrepresented the truth. The bill was designed to make it easier for both gay and straight couples to claim their loved one's remains.

David Segal cosponsored the bill and wrote at the Huffington Post:

Even if Carcieri is against the measure in his frigid heart of hearts, the move was politically asinine. His veto will help the marriage equality effort far more than would have the alternatives, like letting the bill become law without his signature. It provides a stark signal for anyone who's still undecided about gay marriage: "I know I'm not on the same side as those cranks who wanted people to jump through hoops to claim the remains of their loved ones."

For that reason, NOM's revolting stand on this issue should be broadcast far and wide, wherever they work in opposition to gay marriage. The group's radically anti-gay agenda cuts much deeper than opposition to marriage equality: In this instance NOM has demonstrated a willingness to sacrifice the well-being of straight couples, just so gays don't achieve a meager increment of headway alongside them. I suppose every war has its collateral damage.

Agreed. Consider it broadcast.


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They overrode the veto yesterday afternoon. Our movement should use the need to override it as much as possible when talking about NOM's view of the future.