I’m beginning to think it isn’t going to happen. Why?
First we have Senate President M. Theresa Paiva-Weed saying she doe NOT support marriage equality. This one stinks to heaven because I’ve also read that Bishop Tobin is summoning legislators to his office. Something must be done about this woman. I cannot for the life of me understand the obstinacy of her regarding marriage equality. It is why I said before and I truly believe this, that Marriage Equality Rhode Island must become a political force.
One thing though gives me great joy. I’m hoping he summoned House Judiciary Chairwoman Edith Ajello. You see, Ajello is an atheist, she admitted it in a marriage equality hearing a couple of years ago when I mentioned that I was one too. I’m hoping she told the Bishop where he can stick his shepherd’s staff.
I’ll say it right here: Bishop Tobin, the Catholic Church had ample time, the better part of two millennium to get it right and right up to the beginning of the second decade of the 21st century, you still fail to see that we know what you and your church are all about.
Not to mention that with the evidence that the Church hierarchy actively covered up allegations of child sexual abuse we can pretty much come to the conclusion that the Church has now lost all credibility.
It’s odd, you rarely see Tobin out in public. Maybe it’s because he knows he’s a great big target in the state for his 13th century views on women and the LGBT community.
I doubt he’d ever speak to me. I’ve been openly derisive of both the Church and the local hierarchy for some time now. When your only product is fear, it only comes to pass that some day your arguments will fall on deaf ears. And that is happening to the Church now.
But stay the hell out of my rights Bishop. As I said to the bigot at the last marriage equality rally, keep your God out of my Government and I’ll keep my government our of your God.
But violate that pact and I’ll use every legislative weapon I can come up with to try to destroy you.
But to sum it up, I don’t think Rhode Island is going to get marriage equality this year. In fact I still stand by this, I don’t think Rhode Island will see marriage equality until we file suit for it. Because our legislature seems to be too craven to the Catholic Church to ever be able to do the right thing and grant us marriage equality.