Case in point: the veto of a bill in Rhode Island that would have added Domestic partnership to the list of names of those allowed to make funerall arrangments for their loved ones. This bill was recently placed before Governor Donald Carcieri who promptly veto'd the bill with the reasoning that doing so would be taking the rights of domestic partners outside of the realm of what was reasonable for the institution of civil partnerships and bringing it perilously close to giving way to gay marriage.....???! Does anyone else see this connection because I sure don't.
The bill itself was inspired by stories like Mark Goldberg, from this Providence Journal article. Goldberg, after the death of his parner, was not allowed to claim his body for four weeks! According to Goldberg:
...he tried to show the police and the state medical examiner's office "our wills, living wills, power of attorney and marriage certificate" from Connecticut, but "no one was willing to see these documents."I can't get passed the sense of sadness and futility I hear in his words as he brandishes his papers before state workers who could not have cared less. Its no wonder with stories like these, that an overide of the Governors veto is scheduled to be brought before Rhode Islands legislature.......but....guess what monster crawled out of the closet to reat its ugly head?
Running rampant all over the blogs this morning [GAY] [PHB]and going around the the internet like a bad virus is this email from NOM Director Christopher Plante: (emphasis mine)
31 December 2009
Re: Domestic Partners/Funeral Arrangements (SB 195/HB5294)
Dear Representative Ferri,
It has come to the understanding of The National Organization for Marriage - Rhode Island that the House has scheduled a vote to override the Governor's veto of SB 195 and HB 5294. NOM - Rhode Island urges you to vote to sustain this veto.
NOM - Rhode Island recognizes that the situation that befell Mr. Goldberg was indeed tragic. NOM - RI also trusts that the mistakes that led to this heartbreaking story will never be repeated.
However, the proposed legislation simply is not necessary to avoid such a repetition.
The right of any person, without regard to sexual preference or relationship to the decedent, to serve as a designated funeral-planning agent is already expressly guaranteed by Rhode Island Law 5-33.1-4. That statute only requires a simple notarized form naming an agent. By law, that agent's designation must be honored by medical examiners, funeral homes and presumably even the obituary page of The Providence Journal.
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. In California and Connecticut similar strategies were followed by the homosexual-marriage agenda in achieving court ordered decrees that those states fully recognize homosexual-marriage. Those courts found that when rights of domestic partners, under either that nomenclature or as "civil-unions," were expanded beyond the already accepted realm of State and Municipal employees and their benefit arrangements, that the State must by extension fully recognize homosexual marriage. Legal analysis to support this statement has been provided to Speaker of the House Murphy and is available from NOM - Rhode Island upon request.
As such, NOM - Rhode Island respectfully requests that you vote to sustain the Governor's veto both to avoid creating unnecessary law and to not move Rhode Island closer to recognizing homosexual-marriage.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at [401- redacted] over the holiday weekend.
With warm regards for a Happy New Year,
Christopher C. Plante
Now I may not be understanding the issue correctly but I thought the topic at hand was the ability to bury your loved one? I would think that is pretty clear to just about anyone reading this. To assert that this is used as a issue to baby step into allowing same-sex marriage is not only clueless...its cruel.
National Organization for Marriage - Rhode Island
10 Dorrence Street, Suite 809
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
How many Mark Goldberg's or Lisa Pond's do we have to read about before we get the picture that all anyone is asking for is equal and humane treatment? This story infuriates me...not only in the injustice of it but also because of NOM's callous argument against allowing this very basic and humane right on the basis that it may bring us one stop closer to "gay marriage". How would they feel if it was themb eing denied the right to do this for their husbands or wives? I think the response would be righteous anger...and rightly so.
And who the hell is NOM anyway? To listen to their self description, their mission is constrained to "Protect the traditional istitution of marriage." But this is where they are either misrepresenting themselves or deluding themselves about their purpose. Believe me...they are the only ones who are being fooled about the motivations of an attempt like this one to block something so linked to basic human dignity and the pain of loss. In taking a stand on this issue they have revealed themselves not as marriage defenders...but to be the same as every other anti-gay, homophobic establishment that can be mentioned. They don't want to stop same-sex marriage....they want to stop US....But, no matter what idignities they can subject us to or what they feel they can keep us from, they will never take away the love that we share or the memories we made with our loved ones...that is one thing they can never take away.