Rhode Island and Self Definition
Ed Achorn makes an interesting juxtaposition of the ACORN-hidden-camera affair and Rhode Island’s inability, thus far, to pass legislation making prostitution illegal. Whatever one thinks of his arguments on the matter, disputants should consider that leaving prostitution legal won’t just be another quirky Rhode Island thing. It’ll set us apart among our fellow states; the word “prostitution” is always among the top search items bringing people to Anchor Rising, usually as in “prostitution legal in Rhode Island.” Once the legality of prostitution is no longer a “loophole,” but an acknowledged and deliberate component of the law, the sex trade will explode in prominence.
I simply don’t believe that enough people want us to be The Prostitution State to justify this issue’s dragging on as it has.