Rhode Island, one of the most Roman Catholic-y of all American states, is a place where you mustn’t ignore the “lashing out” of men dressed up in costume who believe the earth is 6,000 years old. So new Gov. Lincoln Chaffee, who called for the legalization of same-sex marriage last week, and was met with the introduction of a House bill soon thereafter, must answer to Bishop Thomas J. Tobin (pictured) deriding the governor’s plan to bring down family values or blah blah blah. But don’t worry, Chaffee still has our backs.
“It is particularly disturbing that our new governor, who has trumpeted his desire to bring our state together in unity, would adopt such a very divisive agenda item as one of his first priorities,” said Tobin on Friday. “His proposal violates the sincere conscience of many of our citizens and inflames passions on both sides of the issue. … Our state leaders could better serve all Rhode Islanders by working on initiatives that will create jobs and improve the overall economic health of our state.”
Responds Chaffee, an Episcopalian: “The status quo economically is not working. Our foundation here in Rhode Island was built on tolerance and acceptance, and this is an area I want to move our state forward on, by building on our strengths of centuries ago. Let’s give marriage equality a chance to grow our state.”
To which I’m sure he concluded with, in invisible ink, “BOO-YAH.”