From the A.P.:
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch said his state should recognize the gay marriages of state employees performed in Massachusetts.Lynch said Rhode Island prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and also extends benefits such as health insurance to domestic partners of state employees.Because there's no Rhode Island law banning gay marriage, Lynch said there is no reason to deny recognition of same-sex unions performed in Massachusetts.
And so it begins. All it takes is for one state to recognize a legal marriage performed in another state, for the little snowball to begin rolling down the hill.
Look, marriage is not a limited resource. There is more than enough to go around for everybody. Two people of the same sex getting married does not impare the marriage of two people of the opposite sex.
It will not endanger marriage. It does not break your leg nor pick your pocket, to quote Thomas Jefferson, if two gay men or two lesbians seek to have the same basic human and civil rights as everyone else.
And this is what it comes down to: Basic Human and Civil Rights. The right of a competent citizen to marry another competent citizen, so as to enjoy the numerous state and federal benefits of marriage, as well the love and support of another person "in sickness and in health, for richer or poorer, until death do you part".
Way to go Rhode Island. Come on in, the equality's great!
And for the record, here in Massachusetts, the sky hasn't fallen, the Earth hasn't opened and neither the waters of the Charles River nor Boston Harbor have turned to blood, due to the Commonwealth recognizing the rights of all citizens to marry.
We're not seeing a whole lot of the Wrath of God here in Boston. Heck, the year same sex marriage became legal, the Red Sox won the World Series. And if THAT ain't an Act of God...