RI gov. veto criticized by transgender advocates
Advocates for transgendered people are calling for lawmakers to override Gov. Don Carcieri's veto of a bill that would have given them additional legal protections.
The bill would have added "gender identity and gender-related expression" to Rhode Island's hate crimes law. That would have led to additional police training and data collection about crimes in that category.
Carcieri said he vetoed the bill last month because he found the terms gender identity or expression "confusing."
At a news conference Friday July 9, advocates for the transgendered called the veto "biased and antagonistic."
Victor Ellingsen, director of the transgender organization LifeLines, told The Providence Journal that advocates want to be able to count the crimes against some of the state's most vulnerable citizens.