PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - GovernorDonald Carcieri said Thursday night he was willing to exploreexpanded rights for same-sex couples, following a meeting with agay rights group.
Queer Action of Rhode Island met with the governor overhis veto of a bill that would have granted funeral planning rightsto same-sex partners. Members of the group said they felt theyhad made progress during the meeting.
"The governor's office has agreed to put resources towards thegay community," said Susan Heroux of Queer Action of Rhode Island."They are willing to look at our issues, and they are willing totalk to us more."
Carcieri said Thursday night his main objection to the funeralplanning bill and similar legislation was the piecemeal approach ofaddressing single gay rights issued at a time. While he remainsopposed to same-sex marriage, Carcieri said he was open to areferendum that would let voters decide on allowing domesticpartnerships for same-sex couples.
The funeral planning bill won almost unanimous approval in theGeneral Assembly. The bill's sponsors said they are speaking withlawmakers to schedule an override vote.
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