Polls and Principles on Marriage
I have to say that I’m not sure what to make of Joe Trillo’s planned strategy for dealing with same-sex marriage if he becomes governor and the issue comes up:
Were a bill allowing same-sex marriage to make it to his desk as governor, Trillo said he would let a public poll determine whether he vetoed it. “If over 60 percent of the people supported gay marriage … I would not veto it.” Conversely, he says he would “absolutely” sign into law Republican Sen. Leo Blais’ bill to prohibit same-sex marriage.
But Trillo said he supports “civil unions” or “life partnerships” because “I basically believe in their cause” and “I think it needs a term or a word used to describe it that would make it totally understandable for what it is.”
Now there’s a guy hedging his bets. It’s as if politicians have such an aversion to this topic that they don’t wish to investigate why supporters of traditional marriage believe that the difference is more profound than just a word.
It would also be nice if the quoted political personages — or even the Providence Journal reporter who quotes them, Katherine Gregg — gave some indication of awareness that Senator Leo Blais has also placed on the table a proposal to create “reciprocal beneficiary agreements.” Members of the public could justifiably argue that there’s a difference from “civil unions,” but at least the ruling class and the media would be furthering debate, rather than a cause.