Rhode Island’s Gov. Donald Carcieri cannot simply speak out against same-sex marriage at the Massachusetts Family Institute and expect nobody is his home state to care. Which explains what those 150 people on Saturday were doing in front of the State House.
Sponsored by Marriage Equality Rhode Island, the rally was the perfect opportunity to launch a new anti-Carcieri campaign based on a single word: “aggravated.” Speaking at MFI on Thursday, that’s how the governor said he felt when anyone argued to him that marriage is a “civil right.”
Several speakers in the rally denounced Gov. Donald Carcieri ’65, who said at a Thursday fund-raiser for the Massachusetts Family Institute that “gay marriage is not a civil right” and that he gets “aggravated” when people call it that. On its Web site, the MFI calls homosexuality “destructive to family, individuals and society” and supports “the healing of those plagued by a same-sex attraction.”
State Rep. Frank Ferri, D-Dist. 22, a former chair of MERI and an openly gay state legislator, responded to Carcieri at the rally, saying, “Guess I know what one of my roles is at the State House: I aggravate Governor Carcieri.”
[Ken Fish, a gay rights activist and retired state education official,] said in response to the governor’s remarks, that the word “aggravated” did not approach the feeling of “how deeply this loss is felt by members of our community,” adding that the governor reminded him of “the Southern governors of a generation ago, attempting desperately (to defend) segregation, all in the name of tradition.”
If debating the right to marry aggravates Carcieri, then maybe he’s not cut out for the job. ‘Cause Rhode Island’s homos are promising one helluva migraine until they get their civil rights.