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Dear Rhode Island: THIS SUCKS!!!

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We're very disappointed in you, Rhode Island. You're making a mockery of the fight for equality and that's just not cool!

Today, the Rhode Island Senate will vote to pass a new Civil Unions bill that will grant same-sex couples the right to get married under common law. While that might sound like an astounding achievement, we've learned that the bill is riddled with injustice in an effort to maintain religious liberties. In essence, the bill would allow religious organizations and their individual employees to completely "disregard the validity of a civil union in any context."

So, let's say you're a gay couple and your partner is sick and needs to go to the hospital. If it is a religiously affiliated medical center, they can deny the civil union spouse’s right to not only make medical decisions for them, but even so much as sit at their bedside. That same couple would be denied the right to take a medical leave to care for their spouse if the company is religion based.

How absurd. What good is this bill if it doesn't protect the people from those who are the direct cause of their oppression! What kind of sense does that make?! This could have been such a significant day for Rhode Island. Now, it's just saddened by the thought of what could've been.

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36 comments to “Dear Rhode Island: THIS SUCKS!!!”



  1. 1

    i've never seen ANY hospital not let a visitor in to see a pt. They dont sit there and ask if you're related or a friend. if the pt is ok w/having visitors and and the visitation is withing visiting hours and limit, and age in come cases youre good.



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    oh shut up perez. again, you preach about being open minded but you are closed off to any ideas that are not concurrent with yours. not everyone thinks that gay marriage is necessarily a civil liberty and not everyone agrees with homosexuality, especially a lot of religions. no surprise there. THEN DON'T GO TO A RELIGION AFFILIATED HOSPITAL THEN. How often would that even pose as a problem?? And why would this homosexual person be working at a "religion based company" if the religion is not a religion they follow? Obviously they wouldn't follow a religion that does not support homosexuality. Seriously, you can't force a religion to change its views on homosexuality. Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Zoroastrianism, Jainism, and most Chinese religions, (a majority of religious teachings) conform to this. You can't force your views on others. Sorry. You should be happy and celebratory that RI at least approved of civil unions. You ungrateful piece of shit.



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    I live in RI and in a small town in RI we had a huge problem with one of our state representitives and our GSA! He commented on an article of ourly newly organized GSA and stated that schools should "not have clubs in which kids can be sexed up" and blantantly declared he hated gays! It got lots of local media but I know things like this must be happening everywhere! It sickens me that I live in a state where all humans cannot be accepted for who they arre.



  4. 4

    RI is actually a very liberal place. What sucks most is their rising taxes that are strangling the average middle class.



  5. 5

    Re: Katiec86 – To have separate rules is simple discrimination. You think we should be happy, celebratory, and grateful that a portion of our citizens are discriminated against?



  6. 6

    If you dig into this a bet a big part of it is to avoid mandated insurance and patient rights. Coming from the Healthcare industry, domestic partnership and this discussion has been going on for a long time, and not specifically about same sex situations. Not everything is rooted in bigotry and bias, a lot is profit/margin/risk/litigation… which is worse, denying someone because of your moral position on their orientation or because you won't make as much money covering them, or could be sued for giving someone the right to make healthcare decisions? Debate that shit Perez, it is a lot more relevant and far reaching to everyone.



  7. 7

    just FYI, the New York law also has similar provisions. Just thought you should know.



  8. 8

    Honestly, I have no issue with this bill. Religious groups shouldn't be forced to recognize gay marriage if their religion doesn't support it. In a perfect world everyone would…but you're not going to change religion. It is what it is and they have every right to believe what they do. And I don't know RI well, but I'm sure they have plenty of non religious based hospitals they can go to. And really…how many religious based companies are there anymore?



  9. 9

    a little bit harsh on RI, how can you say that you're disappointed when you don't live here and are not involved with anything here. at least RI is doing something even if its "laced with injustices" has california voted anything for civil unions…. i didn't think so. I used to love your website, now you always pick sides and are boring.



  10. 10

    Ha ha ha ha ha!!! Good for Rhode Island.

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    We're very proud of you Rhode Isand. Thank you for standing up for religious liberties.



  12. 12

    You mad Mario? Yeah….you mad.



  13. 13

    thanks for this Perez.



  14. 14

    Re: pdrocksmysocks – It wasn't that long ago the certain religious groups were forced to recognize inter-racial marriages. Sorry, I don't believe that religion should be used as an excuse for bigotry.



  15. 15

    Dear Perez Hilton.. if anyone is making a mockery of the fight for equal rights.. ITS YOU!



  16. 16

    If you want tolerance you need to be tolerant. I think this bill is the way all states should go.



  17. 17

    I'm not religious, and I'm not gay. Perez, it seems you only believe in equal rights for what YOU believe. I wonder how you would react if us straight people celebrated our rights to equality with a "Straight-Pride Parade"? YOU ARE A HACK! Equal rights should be for EVERYONE.

    I agree that gay couples should have the exact same rights as straight couples, but what about equal rights for religious people and their right to follow their beliefs ??

    I'm thankful that a narrow-minded individual like yourself is not running America into the ground and starting a civil war between the gay people and the straight and/or religious people. I wonder how you really feel about the gay people who are religious? I wonder how they feel about Rhode Island's new bill?



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    What a mockery they made of this.



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    Re: rosebud99 – THIS Country (AMERICA if you have forgotten) was built on CHRISTIANITY. I am a proud Christian! I am not a bible thumper but I do believe in GOD. So that is where RELIGION should come in to play. If you don't like it get out go jump a border! I am so pleased that these laws are per state and are not and never will be federal laws!



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    The other week Chris Brown told paps "ya'all NI**AS is GAY" it's a sad sad day when the press and media attacks him for saying GAY when the real crime is a young black man using the N word like it doesn't have hurtful history. My 16 yr old son with a gay aunt pointed that out to me.



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    Re: Katiec86 – I completely agree with you. While I have no problem against gay marriage I generally find that most people who support gay marriage etc. think they shouldn't have oppress their views so why should religion have to oppress it's views?? People have a right to be religious just as people have a right to be gay!!



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    Re: CRUNCHCRUNCH – Sorry I disagree. I don't think this country was built on Christianity. I think it was built on the need for freedom from oppression.



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    Re: rosebud99 – Sweetie go cry to blacks and Jews that have been dealing with discrimination and hate for 100's years. YOU ARE PART OF A SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP, IF YOU WHERE BORN THIS WAY YOU ARE MOST LIKELY YOU ARE MISSING CHROMOSOMES. Thank GOD you people CAN'T reproduce with each other!



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    Guess what shit head, Separation of church and state works BOTH WAYS! You can't try to tell Religious organizations that they can't interfere with governments making decisions about gay marriage, but think that the government can force them to accept them. Separation is EQUAL, not one-sided, in your favor, like your small-minded definition of "equal" is.



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    Re: rosebud99 – No religious group can be forced to accept anything under our constitution. Try again.



  26. 26

    GAY people are just walking STDs. UGH!!



  27. 27

    Re: CRUNCHCRUNCH – First off, all gays are a product of straight people. Freedom of religion doesn't mean you can constantly bug the shit out of me trying to convert me to your religion and religious beliefs. KEEP IT TO YOURSELF. I DIDN'T ASK!!!! Don't worry about my sin, I'm sure God won't hold you responsible for me, thank you. PEOPLE CAN BE MORAL WITHOUT RELIGION. The only thing I see that religion creates is HATE. You are a perfect example! Would it be possible for your type to leave the rest of us the fuck alone.



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    You dont research before you write, do you? Check what common law marriagte is. As for the hospital scenario, that can be prevented with the drafting of a documents that takes about 5 minutes to execute. Its no biggie. But the gay movement (and Im gay) keeps perpetuating this "at the hospital" scare tactic. By contract, a gay couple can get all the protections of a straight couple and more.



  29. 29

    God, stop with the equality bullshit already! I'm all for gay rights and equality too, but every news article is about gays gays gays. STOP already. And stop being a gay whore too. I support decent gays not these raunchy new gays that are coming out. gross.



  30. 30

    YES!!!! This is one bill I hope gets passed!!!



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    The religious hospital has the rules of business. I do not know if hospitals would turn people away. There could be cases where a family member could make the life and death choice. For example, someone appoints his/her sister as the proxy. That sister has the right to pull the plug if they want to do so that is why it is key to have proper documents in place.

    Here is how I view the religious/traditionalist view of the marriage debate. They see the word marriage as a religious based ceremony. They don't like us gays and lesbians using the word marriage. I could care less of if you call it a marriage or civil union. I want the same rights as a married person ( same property rights, legal rights, tax benefits). For conservative/religious people, gays and lesbians using the "m" word is like a bigot using the "N" for an African American person. They see it in that the context. They think that "marriage" is their word. I say fine. I am happy to call it a civil union. I will still tell my friends that I am getting married.

    As Shakespeare wrote so many years ago…"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet" so think the same about marriage/ civil unions. I don't care what you call it as long as it represents a lifelong relationship to someone that you love.



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    Re: rosebud99 – Yes.
    People aren't discriminated against. They're actions and behavior is.



  33. 33

    Re: Unbelievable!

    THANK YOU……………………you said it perfectly



  34. 34

    There is a concept of separation of church and state, Perez. The government should not tell private churches what to do. Your ignorance is disgusting.



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    Re: rosebud99 – marriage between minorities were still between a man and a woman. JUST saying.



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    Re: POPSCIDICTATOR – Judging by your TRANNY looking pic, I am sure you know a thing or two about STD's