While I do agree with the exemptions that New York passed, I think the Rhode Island exemptions go a little too far. The exemptions allow religious hospitals, cemeteries and schools to ignore the unions.
While I also agree that religious groups should be allowed the freedom to follow their religious beliefs, I believe that organizations that are critical for human needs and organizations that receive public tax money should not be allowed to discriminate under any circumstances.
I think private religious schools should be allowed to do what they want with their rules. I know that may sound self-defeating, but they are private schools. Cemeteries are a murky area in more than one way. I don’t think they should be allowed to discriminate, but I am not dead set on this opinion.
Hospitals are a completely different concern. Depending on where you get your data, around 1 in 8 hospitals are considered religious. In the Bay Area, that doesn’t seem too bad, but in a small town with only 1 hospital within 50 miles, that could be a disaster.
I am happy that Rhode Island took a step forward toward marriage equality, but I am really concerned that they also let the religious right take several steps forward in limiting the full execution of marriage equality.