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.