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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

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 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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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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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, Minnesota/Rhode Island: Same Sex Weddings Begin Tomorrow

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Gay WeddingTomorrow is the first day that gay and lesbian couples can legally marry in two US states – Minnesota and Rhode Island. Towleroad.com reports:

The stroke of midnight on Thursday, August 1st, will mark the beginning for marriage equality in two new states: Minnesota and Rhode Island. Now that the time is just hours away, LGBT residents, supporters, and opponents are scrambling in the last few hours to make their goals a reality. Minnesota Public Radio reports that the City Hall of Minneapolis will be “hosting an extravaganza at City Hall tonight where Mayor R.T. Rybak will officiate at the marriage of 42 same-sex couples.”

But not everyone’s happy about the situation. Joe.My.God reports on a Rhode Island challenge:

Ronald L’Heureux, a cofounder of the Faith Alliance to Preserve the Sanctity of Marriage as Defined by God, brought a petition and complaint to the court on Tuesday morning and sought a temporary restraining order to stop the law from taking effect. Judge Daniel A. Procaccini denied the request, saying L’Heureux had fallen “far short” of the criteria needed to obtain a temporary restraining order, said court spokesman Craig Berke. Instead, Procaccini scheduled a preliminary hearing for Aug. 9.

They never give up, do they?

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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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Rhode Island, USA: Gov. Chafee – Why I Am Signing Marriage Equality into Law

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Rhode Island Governor Chafee Calls for Passage of Marriage Equality Bill, Opposes ReferendumON Thursday, the Rhode Island House of Representatives is expected to approve legislation to extend the right to marry to all Rhode Islanders, regardless of sexual orientation. I plan to sign the Marriage Equality Act into law immediately after the vote, on the steps of the Rhode Island State House, overlooking downtown Providence. This is the same spot where, in my 2011 inaugural address, I called for Rhode Island to embrace marriage equality.

Signing the bill will be gratifying for many reasons. When I first defended gay marriage in 2004, as a Republican United States senator, most of my party colleagues were extreme in their opposition. In fact, to draw a line in the sand, they scheduled a vote on a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in June 2006 — just before the height of a campaign season.

In the end, only six Republican senators joined me in opposing the amendment: Susan Collins, Judd Gregg, John McCain, Olympia Snowe, Arlen Specter and John E. Sununu. Of those, only Mr. McCain and Ms. Collins remain in the Senate. Even many of those Republicans opposing a constitutional ban avoided taking a position on gay marriage by saying it was an issue best left to the states. But I went further and announced my support for full marriage equality.

Authored By Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee – See the Full Story at The New York Times

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Rhode Island, USA: Marriage Equality Bill to Get Final Vote, Be Signed Thursday

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Rhode Island Governor Chafee Calls for Passage of Marriage Equality Bill, Opposes ReferendumA Rhode Island House committee approved the revised marriage equality bill sent to it from the Senate. The bill now goes to the full house on Thursday. LGBTQ Nation reports:

There was little testimony at Tuesday’s brief hearing in the House Judiciary Committee — a big departure from the hours-long hearings earlier this year and in previous years that attracted hundreds of people on both sides of the debate. With the bill all but passed, most opponents stayed away. Testimony focused on the changes made to the bill by the Senate. The bill that passed the House stated that religious institutions may set their own rules regarding who is eligible to marry within the faith and specifies that no religious leader is obligated to officiate at any marriage ceremony. The Senate added language to ensure that groups like the Knights of Columbus aren’t legally obligated to provide facilities for same-sex weddings. Supporters said they could live with the changes.

Gov. Chafee is so confident that the bill will pass on Thursday that he is already set up a signing ceremony for Thursday evening. Towleroad reports:

Rhode Island’s marriage equality law will be signed on Thursday afternoon on the south steps of the State House, Governor Lincoln Chafee announced yesterday.

Gov. Chafee’s tweet reads “in anticipation of RI House approval, Gov. Chafee announces #MarriageEquality signing ceremony 5:45PM Thursday, Statehouse steps #RI4M”

Congratulations to all again lesbian couples in Rhode Island – the new law will take effect on August 1st.

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USA: After Rhode Island, Who’s Next for Marriage Equality?

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Gay WeddingNow that Rhode Island is on the cusp of legalizing gay marriage, which other states could be next? LGBTQ Nation reports:

At least six states are actively considering same-sex marriage legislation, three of which could see passage this year.

Delaware: The state’s House approved a bill last week legalizing same-sex marriage on a 23-18 vote. The bill now moves to the Senate. The measure has the support of Democratic Gov. Jack Markell. Recent polling finds a majority of Delaware voters support legalizing same-sex marriage. Delaware approved same-sex civil unions last year.

Illinois: The state’s Senate approved a marriage equality bill on Valentine’s Day. Supporters in the House say they’re still a few votes short but hope a vote is held before the General Assembly adjourns this spring.

Wanna place bets on which one gets there first? I think it will be Delaware…