Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Rhode Island governor vetoes burial rights for domestic partners

11/11/09 JURIST:
[JURIST] Rhode Island Governor Don Carcieri vetoed legislation on Tuesday that would have allowed domestic partners, including those in same-sex relationships, to claim the body of their partner and to make funeral arrangements. Neither domestic partnerships or civil unions are recognized in Rhode Island, and the bill would have required that a same-sex partner produce documentation establishing the nature of the relationship, such as proof of a joint bank account, mortgage, or car registration, and that the relationship had lasted for a year or longer.

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