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Rhode Island Governor vetoes gay issue bill, says voters should decide

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November 12, 2009

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island: Governor Donald Carcieri has vetoed a bill that, if passed, would have enabled gay couples the right to plan funerals for their partners, the same rights that heterosexual couples have. Carcieri, who is an opponent of gay marriage, stated that the legislative bill would “erode” heterosexual marriages. Another aspect of Carcieri’s logic is his beliefs that the issue should be decided by voters.[1]

According to Carcieri: “If the General Assembly believes it would like to address the issue of domestic partnership, it should place the issue on the ballot and let the people of the State of Rhode Island decide.”

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