Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Web Wednesday: Respect, Dignity and Something Resembling Compassion
If this seems over-the-top, consider that Rhode Island Governor Carcieri just vetoed a domestic partners burial bill, saying, "This bill represents a disturbing trend over the past few years of the incremental erosion of the principles surrounding traditional marriage."
The bill was inspired by the plight of Mark Goldberg of Connecticut, who waited 4 weeks for the body of his partner of 17 years, Ron Hanby, to be released to him for cremation. After a two week search for concerned family members (there were none), he waited an additional two weeks for the Department of Human Services to get around to releasing the body. Then, the Connecticut cremation society refused to cremate Hanby (because Goldberg had no legal standing to request the action). Finally, with the help of the Massachusetts cremation society, Goldberg was able lay his loved one to rest.
Can you imagine losing your life partner, and then not even being allowed to bury them?