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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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Brazil Legalizes Same-Sex Civil Unions

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It's a huge step in the right direction.

Brazil's high court has ruled to legalize same-sex civil unions, which will give legal rights to gay couples such as alimony and retirement benefits.

As a country with the most Roman Catholics, the Catholic Church fought the measure to prevent a complete legalization of gay marriage.

Marcelo Cerqueira with the gay rights group Grupo Gay da Bahia says:

"This is a historic moment for all Brazilians, not just homosexuals. This judgment will change everything for us in society – and for the better. Gays, lesbians and transsexuals will be recognized as being more human. We'll be more accepted by having our rights honored.

This ruling will help. The violence comes about because of impunity for those who commit it. When a country judges a case like this in favor of us, it will have an impact across the judicial and law enforcement sectors."

This is so important for both the gay and Latin community.

Props to Brazil for making a change in the right direction.

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