Oh, this is sweet:

Rhode Island Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee has declined an anti-gay marriage group’s plea to consider putting gay marriage up for a vote, the Providence Journal reported.

Christopher Plante, director of the Rhode Island chapter of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), told the paper that a meeting with Chafee aide Michael Trainor gave him the impression that the incoming administration was open to talking with opponents of gay marriage and was shocked when he received a letter nixing the idea.

“The governor elect feels that the issue should be addressed as soon as possible by the General Assembly, and does not believe that the question should be decided by a ballot referendum,” Trainor wrote. Chafee believes that “Marriage equality is a basic right that should be extended to all Rhode Islanders – a question not only of fairness and justice, but of economic development as well.”

Oh, the poor widdle NOM babies.

When will they ever understand that civil rights aren’t meant to be put up to a popular vote?