A bill that would have allowed domestic partners of state employees access to their partners’ pensions, thus providing further security, stability and protections for same-sex families in Rhode Island, overwhelmingly passed the General Assembly, but was vetoed by the governor. The governor called the bill “an ill-thought-out expansion of employee benefits that will cost the State significant dollars over a long period of time.” The Affiliate has joined with Marriage Equality Rhode Island in urging a legislative override of the veto.