Maybe next year....
It looks as if this will be another year when gay marriage will go down to defeat, although several legislators will no doubt profess great respect for gays and lesbians. Some might even go so far as to admit having gay friends.
And if it is defeated, it will be more about numbers than personal conviction. I bet there’ll be a bunch of people at the State House who know gay marriage is right and just and fair and will vote against it anyway.
Many will no doubt remember the words of Rhode Island’s Catholic Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, who said that Rhode Island should take pride in being the only New England state not to recognize gay marriage.
What a fascinating idea — a state taking pride in denying thousands of its residents equal rights.