Rhode Island Rep. Donald Lally (D- Narragansett, North Kingstown, South Kingstown) has submitted legislation to change the date of Halloween from October 31st to the last Saturday of October (Halloween is by definition the evening before All Hallows Day). In writing for The Providence Journal, Philip Marcelo correctly sought the opinion of an expert,
John Dorr, owner of Mirabar, a downtown Providence gay club, said he preferred the holiday moving with the calendar cycle since it gave the club the option of another busy night during the week. “Even if it were to fall on a Tuesday or Wednesday, we’d still get a lot of people. Halloween is like gay Christmas.”
No word from Rep. Doreen Costa (R- Exeter, North Kingstown) — Catholic Tea Party activist and legislative time-waster (see: Christmas tree resolution) — who undoubtedly views the entire holiday as a portal to devil worship. Come to think of it, making her vote on this legislation might be kind of fun. . . look for the woman wearing the gigantic crucifix. Jeez, what is going on in the southern part of this state?
(Picture: Steel Yard Iron and Beer Pour, 2008)
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I don’t get it. Halloween is not a state holiday. And it would be really weird if Rhode Island Halloween was different from the rest of the US.
Still, Mr. Lally is promoting this as a pro-business initiative, and Costa will have to answer to her conservative base on that issue. The state has some significant problems to focus on and I think legislators have got to keep the calendar free of this nonsense.
Maybe you missed the Catholic part about Costa? She is definitely NOT going to support changing the date of a traditional Catholic holiday marked as the eve of All Saints Day even if it is Gay Christmas. Especially since it would be seen as “secularizing” the date.