The state of
is in the
process of moving towards full
marriage equality. The opponents of
this seemingly innocuous change have made a pretty strong statement. Rhode Island
Opposition to same-sex marriage in the state has been led by the Roman Catholic Church. In a statement on Monday, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of the Diocese of
warned legislators of a “grave risk” to society and urged them “to stand
strong” and “defend marriage and family as traditionally defined.” Providence
Now this Forum and others would normally be concerned here, after all if there is a ‘grave risk’ to society we certainly want to prevent that. The problem though, this ‘grave risk’ is never identified, it is never stated, it is never explained and apparently it just exists in the minds of those who are opposed to equal treatment under the law.
Glenn Osmundson/Providence Journal, via Associated Press
Strange, these people don't look like a 'grave risk' to Rhode Island
So this Forum invites those who believe in the ‘grave risk’ scenario to tell us what that grave risk is. But if you cannot, because the grave risk does not exist, then we invite you go just go away. Really, just go.