We’ve come to expect this from Republicans, who throw up roadblocks to any and all progress by the LGBT community. But it’s rather sickening to see it from fellow democrats, especially now when the party has clearly thrown its weight behind marriage equality, and especially in as liberal a state as Rhode Island.
LGBTQ Nation is reporting that Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed is now calling for religious exemptions as a qualification for passing the Rhode Island marriage equality bill:
Teresa Paiva Weed said she remains opposed to the bill and has heard that the sticking point for many senators is on how broad of a religious exemption is included in the only New England state that doesn’t allow same-sex marriage.
Weed also said she has no intention to hurry the bill through the Senate:
The Newport Democrat said she doesn’t want to fast-track the legislation and promised a “full and fair debate” on what she said is a personal and emotional issue for many lawmakers.
How do people like this end up in power in the Democratic Party in places like Rhode Island?