It looks like Connecticut is trying to get ahead of us, but thereâ€™s still an opportunity to cash in on the passing of Proposition 8 in California.
Itâ€™s a setback for fairness, yes. And Iâ€™m sorry about California, but itâ€™s an ill wind blows nobody good. In other words, we have to make the best of it.
Rhode Island with its beautiful coastline, excess of hotels, and growing tourism industry is right in position to become a wedding destination. The Governor should sign an executive order right now, before it snows.
Not only will marriage equality bring in out of state couples to spend money here, it will put pressure on Rhode Islanders to make it legal. Lots of tux rental dollars generated. And gay people are well-represented in fashion and entertainment. That means there could be a fad for being married in the smallest state. We could be like Vegas, only more Catholic and chillier and darker and more pessimistic. At least we have Waterfire.
Weâ€™re already doing the organized gambling thing, and every time some casino owner comes around we go for it. Gambling has documented social costs. Gay marriage is alleged to be a threat to straight marriage but where is the evidence? Who do you know who picked up the â€˜Weddings and Celebrationsâ€™ section of the New York Times and turned to their loving spouse and said, â€œThatâ€™s it, I want a divorce! Two guys named Brad just got married.â€?
No, we marriage veterans know that there are reasons far more immediate to call a lawyer. On a bad day, one might say, â€œLet â€˜em marryâ€“thatâ€™ll show â€˜em.â€?
But divorce lawyers are people too, and they need to work for a living. Inevitably there will be a market for gay divorce services. We might as well make the best of that, too.
Please consider this, Governor Carcieri. Youâ€™re not afraid to be bold when cutting childrenâ€™s health insurance. Write that executive order today. Donâ€™t let Massachusetts and Connecticut get all the tourists this summer.