Corvese amendment could impact civil union bill

PROVIDENCE, RI – Fourteen state representatives are expressing concern about an amendment they say would have an overly restrictive impact on civil unions in Rhode Island.

The advocacy group Marriage Equality Rhode Island, MERI, says an amendment introduced by North Providence rep Arthur Corvese is overly broad. MERI says the amendment would prevent a civil union partner from making medical decisions for a spouse being treated at a religiously affiliated hospital.

Fourteen reps have signed onto a letter to Governor Lincoln Chafee and legislative leaders, asking that the so-called "Corvese amendment" be removed.

Corvese declined comment for this report.

The General Assembly is expected to pass a civil union bill before it concludes its session.

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