Allowing gay marriage was ‘right’ thing to do
This letter is to say, “Thank you.” Thank you to the voters of Rhode Island who did their civic duty and voted to elect our legislators to represent all of us.
Thank you to those elected officials who did what’s right.
Now, doing what’s right isn’t always easy. The question could be asked: Right for whom? But the answer should be, “What’s right for everyone as a whole.”
Our elected state representatives and senators did the right thing by allowing the issue of marriage equality to have a fair hearing and evaluation. Some supported it in the beginning, others were solidly opposed, but all made certain that the issue was fairly heard. By a large majority vote of our lawmakers, Rhode Island now becomes the 10th state to welcome all to be married.
Everyone living in our state can now be legally entitled to enjoy the ability to publicly profess that undying devotion to someone we love, to enjoy the security of a committed, monogamous relationship, and to reap the safeguards and rights that marriage offers. The legislation passed does contain some exemptions – protections if you will – for religious organizations that just cannot support equal marriage.
Many of my fellow wedding officiants have expressed their opposition to performing a same- sex ceremony and the new law allows them to decline. I am happy about that. It would be unfair to mar such a joyous occasion with a reluctant officiant. Civil unions have been legal for almost two years now – the world hasn’t imploded and traditional marriages didn’t suffer from that change any more than this change will shake anyone’s world.
Thank you to all of our senators and representatives for doing what’s right.
The Rev. Jill Anderson
West Reach Drive