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Carcieri indicates possible support for domestic partnership law | turnto10.com November 13, 2009

Posted by truthspew in marriage equality.

Carcieri indicates possible support for domestic partnership law | turnto10.com.

Go watch the video.

We see Brian Crandall saying the governor would support domestic partnerships, almost the same as marriage but not quite marriage. Even Carcieri is caught saying the phrase “…Short of what we call marriage”. In other words Carcieri (And the house leadership!) are still stuck on semantic issues surrounding the word ‘marriage’

I find it interesting that the opposition has gotten Meriam-Webster to change the dictionary definition of marriage but it does now contain this bit of verbiage:

1 a (1) : the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law (2) : the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage

Prior to this change I recall it used gender neutral pronouns. Now of course it splits it out. But the matter still remains that as part of the first definition of marriage, it includes same sex marriage. I’m sure this definition will cause great distress to the likes of Maggie “The Loathsome” Gallagher.

Then camera then turns to Susan Heroux of Queer Action of Rhode Island who says “Every bit of process is great. Just the fact that we’re able to talk to him directly. We’re able to show him how his actions and words affect our lives. A great step forward. The fact that he’s willing to talk to us is a great step forward. I think that we are interested in getting all of the rights, no just some of them.”

I’m happy she threw in that last part because when I first saw the video my thinking was that this meeting would actually hurt the marriage equality movement in Rhode Island.

I still have that feeling because now this puts the legislators on notice that they might be able to get a DP bill through the opposition of the governor and the leadership.

So I’ll continue to fight for full marriage equality, with or without the support of the Governor or even the leadership of the legislature. There is some confusion over the ratio necessary for a veto proof majority. I say 2/3’s as most of the RI Constitution likes the 2/3’s rule, others say 3/5’s. In percentages it comes out to 67% and 60% respectively. Either way it would mean we need anywhere from 45(3/5’s) to 50 (2/3’s) of the 75 members of the house (And we’re very close!), and 23 to 25 of the 38 in the senate. In essence we need anywhere from 68 to 75 people in the house and senate to push a marriage equality bill forward. Completely doable. At last count we’re just about at the higher end ratio in the house. Senate is next.


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