November, 11th 2009

Carcieri FAIL

– Liz Mair

Well, this just totally blows:

An opponent of same-sex marriage, Governor 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.

"If the General Assembly believes it would like to address the issue of domestic partnerships, it should place the issue on the ballot and let the people of the state of Rhode Island decide.''

The bill, also sponsored by state Sen. Rhoda Perry and state Rep. David Segal, would add "domestic partners'' to the list, in current law, of people who can legally make arrangements for a deceased person's funeral, cremation or burial to include domestic partners if the deceased person left no pre-arranged funeral contract.

I can respect those who say that they oppose the legalization of gay marriage and/or civil unions, and especially where their objection relates fundamentally to it being done by judges, as opposed to legislatures.  This method of legalization may conform with the dictates of state constitutions and do much to advance liberty, but it is not democratic.

However, where the state legislature, elected by the people, votes to do something, it is democratic.  Carcieri seems to want to pretend it's not.  And that the General Assembly voting to allow a surviving partner to make arrangements for the funeral of a deceased partner is somehow a grievous assault on the traditional family and democracy, which is a stretch.  And a stretch I just can't respect.


Sorry, Gov. Carcieri, this is a big, fat FAIL, in my book. [intro]



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