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June 21, 2004

Careful What You Wish For

After a short break, the Providence Journal news department has returned to its advocacy for same-sex marriage to be brought to Rhode Island. Here are the circumstances of the latest effort:

Massachusetts Governor Romney and Attorney General Tom Reilly cited the law -- which some say was originally written to be used against interracial couples -- in denying marriage licenses to out-of-state gay couples.

After gay marriage became legal in Massachusetts last month, several city and town clerks openly defied the law and issued the documents to nonresidents anyway, until Reilly ordered them to stop or face penalties.

"The governor simply can't dust off this law to discriminate against gays and lesbians," Michelle Granda, a lawyer for Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, which represents the eight out-of-state couples, said at a news conference yesterday.

Gotta love the "some say" clause thrust between the actors and their action. It isn't until paragraph twenty-five — just before sixteen paragraphs describing the parties to the lawsuit against the law — that we find hints that the law hasn't been dormant since the pre–civil rights era: "Issues such as whether they were cousins or if they were married to other people could make their marriages illegal in Massachusetts." For how much longer?

Wendy Becker, one half of a professorial lesbian couple and "a teacher in the social work department of Rhode Island College... completing her doctoral dissertation in law, policy and society at Northeastern University," clarifies the objective:

We want our kids to know we love and support each other in the same way as their friends' parents do. And we want them to grow up in a world free from discrimination based on anything.

Silly question: What isn't allowed in a world free from discrimination based on anything?

Posted by Justin Katz at June 21, 2004 9:35 AM
Marriage & Family

What isn't allowed in a world free from discrimination based on anything?

The only thing I can think of: discrimination based upon something. In other words, absolute truth.

Posted by: c matt at June 22, 2004 10:31 AM