USA, Rhode Island: Steady Demand for Marriage Licenses from Same-Sex Couples

Written by scott on August 31st, 2013

Rhode IslandA month after Rhode Island’s marriage equality law went into effect, demand continues to be steady for marriage licenses.

The Boston Globe reports:

Clerks in Warwick, Cranston, Pawtucket, and other cities told the Associated Press on Friday that they have issued dozens of licenses since Aug. 1, the first day same-sex couples could wed in Rhode Island. Officials in Providence and East Providence are not counting how many licenses they have given to gay and lesbian couples. The new law eliminated gender classification in the state’s marriage law, and Providence city spokesman David Ortiz said there is no reason to treat same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples differently. “We treat them the same. With the change in the law, we should not be doing any record-keeping that separates the two,” Ortiz said. “That was our reading of the law.”

And ultimately, that’s how it should be – everyone treated the same under the law.

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