We waited in room 313 for about seven hours to testify, but we were grateful to have chairs. I give credit for everyone who stuck it out, regardless of their point of view. Even Chris Young waited until after he had testified to start with the cops and get thrown out.
This is my written testimony– by the time we were called we had decided to shorten our remarks as it was after 11:00 and people were wilting. Wild night, but now I have to get to work.
Marriage is not just a privilege, but a responsibility. I’ve had patients whose spouses were introduced as ‘friend’ or ‘room mate’. They were afraid of how the staff might treat them, but love is hard to conceal. We knew when we were dealing with a couple.
There’s a saying in nursing, ‘discharge planning begins on the day of admission’. You look for a responsible party, usually family. If it were not for the support of family and friends, the state would be impossibly burdened and still fail to meet the needs of citizens suffering illness, accident or misfortune.
Married people care for one another in sickness and in health, for better or for worse.
John Green and I were married 22 years when we got a phone call that his mother had died, suddenly and unexpectedly. As we faced this loss together, I knew that I would someday need to lean on him. Marriage sustains us when we must say goodbye to our parents and elders.
There is great benefit to society when committed couples marry. They publicly and legally take responsibility for each other.
What benefit to the rest of us justifies denying homosexual couples the right to legal marriage? Who are these people who claim to be protecting my marriage? I’ve been married 28 years and they don’t speak for me. They slander my friends and acquaintances who happen to be gay. They act like my church, which has blessed same-sex unions since the 1970’s does not exist. They say gay couples are a threat to marriage, but Massachusetts is doing just fine.
Rhode Island is facing challenges to do right by our families and children. Education, employment, safe streets and affordable housing need our urgent attention. This is what will really protect our families. Encouraging couples to take on the responsibility of marriage will lift a burden from the state, and bring justice to our citizens.