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Featured Gay Wedding Vendor: Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Providence, Rhode Island

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Destination Weddings & Honeymoons

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Welcome to Providence, Rhode Island’s Destination Weddings and Honeymoons. We are a full service travel agency with a specialty in destination weddings and honeymoons. We work with gay welcoming resorts and hotels. We are proud members of IGLTA and are 14 Stories certified. We plan and book land vacations and tours and cruises for clients in the USA and Canada to destinations around the world.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Weddings With a Heart, Newport, Rhode Island

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Weddings with a Heart  - Newport, Rhode Island

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Gay Wedding Officiants in Newport, RI, USA. Wedding officiant, photographer and photo artist for intimate, elegant, comfortable & romantic weddings. Officiant and photography packages with alot of heart RI, Block Island and Cape Cod, Formal to casual officiant and photography services with our own intimate style, we offer a relaxed, personal & comfortable experience. By the sea or anywhere, we are specialists in small and intimate boutique destination weddings and elopements with dreamy and artistic photography.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Providence Marriott Downtown, Providence, Rhode Island

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Providence Marriott Downtown Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Event Location in Providence, RI, USA. Providence Marriott Downtown hotel offers over 30 years of event and wedding planning expertise. Your personal event consultant will be available to help you coordinate as much or as little of your, wedding and reception as you desire. Ballrooms have had a full makeover, top to bottom.

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USA, Rhode Island: Could Constitutional Convention Open Door to Block LGBT Rights?

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Rhode IslandA coalition of human rights groups in the state thinks so, and is urging a no vote.

Pink News reports:

The groups argued that a convention would open the door to the rights LGBT people, women, minorities and immigrants being targeted by proposals. The groups argued that a question to allow an autumn ballot on the issue should be defeated. Among the groups was the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which often advocates for LGBT rights. ACLU policy specialist Hillary Davis argued that similar conventions in other states have been used to block the rights of gay and lesbian people and band abortion.

Who would be appointed to such a convention? What would be the guidelines? Would anything be off limits?

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Newport Tent Company, Newport, Rhode Island

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Newport Tent Company - Newport, Rhode IslandPeriodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Event Rentals in Newport, RI, USA. We are a family owned and operated business with over forty years of experience, servicing areas throughout Southern New England and specializing in weddings, rehearsal dinners, backyard parties, corporate events and more.

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Traveling at the Speed of Love: Winning the Race for Equality

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Five years ago last week, on Election Day 2008, California’s electorate passed Prop 8, marking perhaps the most notable low point in the marriage equality movement as a minority was stripped of a previously recognized constitutional right. As of this week five years ago, only two states – Massachusetts and Connecticut – fully recognized the marriages of same-sex couples.

How far we’ve come since then. And how fast.

Read the full story on the MEUSA News Blog…

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

Saturday, 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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USA, Rhode Island: Court Rejects Challenge to Marriage Equality Law

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

Rhode IslandA court in Rhode Island rejected one man’s attempt to stop the same sex weddings occuring in the state. WPRI reports:

Last week, Ronald L’Heureux had sought a temporary restraining order to stop the law from taking effect on August 1, per legislation passed back in May by the General Assembly. A judge denied that request. Friday, a judge rejected the challenge of the law, saying L’Heureux hadn’t met criteria to obtain a preliminary injunction, according to The Providence Journal.

Marriage equality foes are getting desperate, and they just can’t believe that their flimsy arguments aren’t holding water any longer with the courts or the public…

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USA, Rhode Island: Same Sex Weddings Begin

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Rhode IslandSame sex weddings are now underway in Rhode Island as the state’s marriage equality law takes effect. ABC News reports:

Same-sex marriages have begun in Rhode Island, and local officials for the first time are issuing marriage licenses to gay couples who wish to wed in the state. Gay marriage became legal in Rhode Island and Minnesota at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, bringing the number of states allowing same-sex marriage to 13. Officials around Rhode Island began issuing licenses when clerks’ offices opened at 8:30 a.m., making marriage an option for gay couples everywhere in New England.

Congratulations to the happy couples in Rhode Island!

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Rhode Island, USA: House Passes Revised Marriage Equality Bill, Governor Signs It

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Rhode IslandAnd then there were ten – Rhode Island became the final New England state to enact a marriage equality law today. The Washington Blade reports:

Rhode Islanders United for Marriage Campaign Director Ray Sullivan, gay House Speaker Gordon Fox (D-Providence) and other same-sex marriage supporters joined Chafee on the steps of the State House in Providence as he signed the measure into law. The state House of Representatives gave final approval to the bill by a 56-15 vote margin less than an hour before the signing ceremony. “This law does not take anything away from a heterosexual couple,” lesbian state Rep. Deb Ruggiero (D-Jamestown) said. “Nothing is going to change, but tomorrow morning for gays and lesbians it’s going to be a very, very different world.”

Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin had a severe case of sour grapes, telling his flock to steer clear of gay and lesbian weddings:

Bishop Thomas Tobin of the Diocese of Providence urged Rhode Island Catholics in a letter that will run in its newspaper on May 9 they should “examine their consciences very carefully” before they decide to “endorse same-sex relationships or attend same-sex ceremonies. Like many others, I am profoundly disappointed that Rhode Island has approved legislation that seeks to legitimize ‘same-sex marriage,'” he writes.

The state’s gays and lesbians were, in turns, ecstatic and melancholy. LGBTQ Nation reports:

“I’ve been waiting 32 years for this day, and I never thought it would come in my lifetime,” said Raymond Beausejour, a 66-year-old gay North Providence man who has been with his partner for 32 years. “For the first time in my life, I feel welcome in my own state.”

The day was bittersweet for Deborah Tevyaw, whose wife, state corrections officer Pat Baker, succumbed to lung cancer two years ago. Months before she died, Baker, relying on an oxygen tank, angrily told lawmakers it was unfair that Tevyaw wasn’t considered her wife in Rhode Island despite their marriage in Massachusetts. “I’m ecstatic, but sad she’s not here to see this,” Tevyaw said. “I’m sure she’s watching, but she’s not here next to me. Before she died, she told me, ‘I started this, and now I’m leaving it in your hands.’ We worked hard for this. There were petitions, door knocking, phone calls. I think people decided, ‘just let people be happy.'”

USA Today reports that NOM head Brian Brown has his head in the sand:

“I don’t know that I would say Rhode Island is a trend,” Brown said, also questioning victories for supporters of gay-marriage initiatives in Maine, Maryland and Washington State last November. “Again, we’re talking about states that are not necessarily indicative of the rest of the country. These are pretty deep-blue, liberal states we’re talking about.” Even so, Brown, the head of the leading national organization opposing same-sex marriage, finds himself playing defense as more Americans support same-sex marriage and more state legislatures debate measures authorizing it.

LGBT Weekly reports on how much of the country now enjoys full marriage equality:

Iowa, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Washington and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriage. Their combined populations, based on U.S. Census estimates for 2012, represent 15.8% of the U.S. population. The addition of Rhode Island’s 1,050,292 residents will nudge that up to 16.1%.

In three months, gay and lesbian couples will begin marrying in Rhode Island!

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