Friday, September 29, 2006

Chink in 1913 Laws' Armor

Tip of the electron to The Fray for posting this first.

Those dreadful, bigoted laws so beloved of Gov. Willard Romney and AG Tom Reilly got a kick today from a Superior Court Judge. Thomas Connolly said that Rhode Island law did not specifically forbid same-sex marriage. Thus, couples from that state can marry here.

Nah nah nah nah.

The plaintiffs were Wendy Becker and Mary Norton of Providence. Reilly said he would not challenge the law but suggested that Rhody officials might.

Their attorney commented, "At last the fence of discrimination has been removed at the border of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Loving, committed, Rhode Island couples can now affirm their relationships in the most public and respected way our society knows."

The couple have been partners for 19 years. They have two children.

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