Tuesday, November 10, 2009

RHODE ISLAND governor vetoes bill to allow domestic partners to plan each other’s funeral - by Joe Siegel - EDGE New England Editor

Funeral Arrangements

Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri vetoed a bill on Tuesday that would have added domestic partners to the list of people authorized under state law to make funeral arrangements for each other. Photo

"This bill represents a distributing trend over the past few years of the incremental erosion of the principles surrounding traditional marriage, which is not the preferred way to approach this issue," the Republican who has been a vocal opponent of marriage for same-sex couples said. "If the General Assembly believes it would like to address the issue of domestic partnerships, it should place the issue on the ballot and let the people of the state of Rhode Island decide." Map

The bill, as written, would add "domestic partners’" to the list, in current law, of people who can legally make arrangements for a deceased person’s funeral, cremation or burial to include domestic partners if the deceased person left no pre-arranged funeral contract. Brown University

According to the bill’s sponsors, the proposed legislation is designed to provide rights to domestic partners regardless of whether they are of the same or opposite sexes… Read complete article - by Joe Siegel - EDGE New England Editor

Related link:

Rhode Island Governor Doesn't Want You Attending Your Partner's Funeral - BY MICHAEL A. JONES


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