So The Associated Press today reports that same-sex marriage would happen in Rhode Island — if it weren’t for the Catholic cult.
Providence, R.I. – Gay marriage could soon become the law of the land across New England — except in the heavily Roman Catholic state of Rhode Island.
A string of sudden successes for gay marriage advocates has left Rhode Island a political outlier. Maine became the fourth state in New England to legalize same-sex unions on Wednesday, while New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch is now deciding whether to sign similar legislation.
Vermont lawmakers established gay marriage last month, following a path already set by courts in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Yet the movement has stalled in Rhode Island, perhaps even lost ground, after a stalemate at the Statehouse, a loss in the state’s top court and continued opposition from religious leaders….
Religion remains among the biggest hurdles. A recent survey by Trinity College in Connecticut showed 46 percent of Rhode Islanders identify themselves as Roman Catholic, a larger percentage than any other state.
Given its size, the church carries political clout. On the last Inauguration Day, every statewide elected official began the morning with a special Mass at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul, celebrated by Bishop Thomas Tobin.
Tobin does not hesitate to tussle with politicians, especially on gay marriage. He calls gay unions a perversion of natural law and a violation of an institution that Catholics believe was created by God.
Two years ago, he harshly criticized Attorney General Patrick Lynch, a Catholic, for advising state agencies to recognize the marriages of gay couples wed outside Rhode Island.
“We don’t see it as a civil rights issue,” Tobin said in a recent interview, “because there’s never a right to do something that’s morally wrong.”
Bills legalizing gay marriage have been introduced in the Statehouse every year since 1997. None has ever been approved by a legislative committee, required before those bills could be aired on the full floor.
House Speaker William Murphy and Senate President M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, both Democrats and Catholics, oppose gay marriage.
The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Rhoda Perry, a Democrat from Providence, does not expect to get a vote this year. She believes legislative leaders are trying to shield fellow lawmakers from a fractious debate.
“You know your numbers,” Perry said. “So why make anyone even have to vote on something that at least some of their constituents will be upset about if you already know the votes aren’t there?”
Even if a simple majority of lawmakers backed Perry’s bill, Republican Gov. Don Carcieri — another Catholic — would almost certainly veto it. Overriding a veto requires the support of 60 percent of lawmakers in each chamber.
Courts legalized gay marriage in Massachusetts and Connecticut, but that avenue seems unlikely in Rhode Island….
It might become slightly easier for those looking to legalize gay marriage in Rhode Island when Carcieri finishes his second and final term as governor in January 2011. Potential candidates including former Sen. Lincoln Chafee, an independent, and Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts and Attorney General Patrick Lynch, both Democrats, support gay marriage.
General Treasurer Frank Caprio, also a Democrat, said he would not veto a gay marriage bill if he were elected governor.
So, um, Rhode Island is the Utah of New England, a theocratic state?
Rhode Island has a fucking Catholick bishop who says shit like, “We don’t see it as a civil rights issue because there’s never a right to do something that’s morally wrong”? Do they have the Inquisition in Rhode Island, too?
If the Catholicks oppose same-sex marriage, then the Catholicks can refrain from marrying members of their own sex.
But who in the fuck is a Catholick bishop to decide constitutional law and human and civil rights in Rhode Island or in any other state?
We gained our independence from England only to be dictated to in New England by the Vatican?
I don’t fucking think so.
The separation of church and state needs to be enforced in Rhode Island.
The Catholick cult is destroying itself with its backasswards dictates forced by Pope Palpatine, such as the cult’s institutionalized homo-hatred and its prohibitions against birth control. The anachronistic Catholick cult is going the way of the dinosaurs.
It will be a great day when the Catholick cult — and the Mormon cult, too — are no more.
But in the meantime, every American deserves equal human and civil rights — which the Catholick cult is preventing in Rhode Island.