Gay marriage became legal in Rhode Island and Minnesota at 12:01 a.m., bringing the number of states allowing same-sex marriage to 13.
Kent Stetson and Luis Astudillo were among the first same-sex couples in Rhode Island to tie the knot, obtaining a marriage license minutes after Providence City Hall opened at 8:30. Shortly afterward, they were married on a downtown street where they took a memorable walk on their first date 12 years ago. A friend presided over the low-key ceremony.
“We are securing our rights today. We would have been married years ago if we could,” said Stetson, a 34-year-old handbag designer.
Astudillo, a 47-year-old teacher, added: “I thought it would be like an errand today. But I’m a little nervous — and excited.”
In Newport, a couple that have been together for 41 years, Federico Santi and John Gacher, were previously joined in a civil union, so they were immediately married Thursday after getting their license "
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Meanwhile, town clerks were to begin issuing Rhode Island's first marriage licenses to same-sex couples later this morning. While states suchRead more
PROVIDENCE, R.I. ? Same-sex marriages have begun in Rhode Island, and local officials for the first time are issuing marriage licenses toRead more