Saturday, July 2, 2011

Chafee signs civil-unions legislation into law - Projo 7 to 7 News Blog | Rhode Island news | The Providence Journal

Chafee signs civil-unions legislation into law

Here's the email I wrote to Chafee, at governor@governor.ri.gov:
I have never been more disappointed in a public official, and lived in Providence when Cianci went to jail. But I knew he was a crook and never voted for him. You, on the other hand, I voted for.

You signed a bill that actually makes life worse for our LGBT community, and you did it quickly, on a weekend when you hoped people would be too busy to notice and unable to raise the proper amount of ire to oppose you.

You signed a bill that you admit in your signing statement goes against the First Amendment, and the valuable principle of separation of church and state that our state's founder, Roger Williams, pioneered. You signed thousands of people into second class citizenship. You made married couples from outside of our state have to apply to our government to have their marriage downgraded to a civil union when they move here.

The bill is a disgrace, you knew that and you signed it. You ought to be ashamed of yourself.

Make this right, governor.
I urge everyone to write the Governor and let him know how you feel about this.

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