As of Thursday, gay couples could get married in Rhode Island, the result of its legislature legalizing it by a huge margin (56-15) and the governor signing it. One of that state’s bigots filed a lawsuit asking a judge to issue a preliminary injunction to stop it, but his motion was denied.
A Superior Court judge on Tuesday denied a request for a temporary restraining order that sought to prevent same-sex marriages from becoming legal on August 1.
Judge Daniel Procaccini denied the request by Ronald L’Heureux, cofounder of a faith-based group that opposed this year’s passage of same-sex marriage, saying L’Heureux had fallen “far short” of the criteria needed to obtain a temporary restraining order, said courts spokesman Craig Berke.
His argument, apparently, is that same-sex marriage will “violate religious freedoms guaranteed by the state Constitution, forcing people to accept, in public spheres such as schools, a practice that they oppose based on their faith.” Bad argument. Almost everything taught in schools conflicts with someone’s faith. You couldn’t even teach that the earth was round if the criteria was that it would conflict with someone’s religious beliefs.