Rhode Island’s bill was approved 21-16 yesterday in a Senate vote and contains a clause permitting religious bodies to disregard the union. These religious bodies include schools, hospitals, and cemeteries. Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee has stated he is going to sign the bill despite criticism by gay rights activists who view the unions as unequal to marriage.
I have to agree with the gay rights activists on this one, civil unions were created as an inferior form of marriage and do not provide the same rights.In accepting civil unions same-sex couples are essentially compromising their rights to please bigots who don’t think same-sex unions are as valid or worthwhile.
The Rhode Island bill should not allow a religious or any group to disregard a state provided right. Imagine your partner is in an accident and taken to a hospital closest to the accident site. The hospital is religious and when you arrive to see your spouse on his or her deathbed the hospital says you aren’t family and can’t see them. The hospital is permitted to “disregard” your union and meanwhile you don’t get to see your partner before it’s too late. Rhode Island’s civil union bill has been written to allow that situation to be a reality. If it isn’t equal, it isn’t good enough.
Source: Pink News