Chafee is so steadfast. Via.
Chafee is so steadfast. Via.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island’s governor on Monday declared that the state will recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere, giving gay couples the same rights as heterosexual ones when it comes to health insurance and a slew of other benefits.
The order signed by Gov. Lincoln Chafee in a Statehouse ceremony directs state agencies to recognize marriages performed out of state as legal and treat same-sex married couples the same as heterosexual ones.
Civil unions, not gay marriages, are legal in Rhode Island, but some gay couples married outside the state haven’t been allowed some of the same basic rights as hetero couples. Now spouses of state employees and anyone covered by an insurance company regulated in Rhode Island will get health and life insurance benefits.
And both parents will get their names on their child’s birth certificate.
Pretty basic, huh?
So thank you, Gov. Chafee, for treating people as people, not as second class citizens.
But then there are those who think like Reince Priebus, who believes that gay Americans who want marriage equality don’t deserve civil rights, dignity, or respect. Teh Gays are not as good as other people, apparently.
Actually, when you think about it, it’s those who think like Priebus that aren’t as good as other people.
It may be a slow weekend, but there are now two gay rights stories that made the news, and in a positive way.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed a bill into law Saturday that allows gay couples in Rhode Island to enter into civil unions, acknowledging that it was an imperfect piece of legislation but a “step forward’’ toward full marriage rights in the state.
Chafee said the bill fails to give homosexual couples the full marriage rights given to heterosexual couples and that he was concerned that an exemption given to religious groups was too broad.
Gay rights groups wanted Chafee to veto the bill because they felt it still discriminated against them, and the governor clearly acknowledged that he wasn’t thrilled either, but at least it’s something.
My mom used to say, “Good things come to those who wait” on a regular basis. Sometimes it feels like we have to wait forever.
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