Rhode Island said phooey to its governor and voted to give members of same sex and unmarried couples the right to plan the funerals of their deceased partners. The 67 to 3 vote in the House and the 31 to 3 vote in the Senate overrode a veto by Rhode Island's governor who warned that traditional marriage would be undermined by unmarried or same sex couples planning these above mentioned funerals.
Let me repeat. Planning the funeral of someone you love but to whom you were not legally married will erode, will chip away at, will become a fungus on the walls of traditional marriage.
How fragile, exactly, is traditional marriage that planning funeral can be considered a threat?
According to Jennifer Baker of the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield, Missouri, half of all first marriages end in divorce, 67% of second marriages end in divorce, and 74% of third marriages end in divorce. And we're not talking same sex or unmarried marriages here. We're talking about those plain, old fashioned, traditional man and woman marriages. That seems pretty fragile to me.
So fragile, in fact, that just about anything a same sex couple or an unmarried couple might do or want to do is seen as a threat.