Friday, November 13, 2009

Today's Show: Rhode Island Governor Changes Tune?

3:30pm EST: An opponent of same-sex marriage, Rhode Island Governor Carcieri has vetoed a bill giving domestic partners the right to claim the bodies of — and make funeral arrangements for — their loved ones. The bill, which was passed unanimously by Rhode Island legislation, was inspired by the heartbreaking story of Mark Goldberg, who was to join us on the show yesterday but had to be rescheduled. He actually met yesterday with the governor, who has reportedly softened his position ad believes perhaps there should be a domestic partnership law in the state now. We'll speak with Mark Goldberg this afternoon to talk about his months-long battle last fall to persuade state authorities to release to him the body of his partner of 17 years, Ron Hanby, for cremation, and what steps the governor now may take to give some rights to gay couples.

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