Rhode Island

Meet the gay couple who got married in 1971 | VIDEO

MINNEAPOLIS – As gay and lesbian couples line up to get married in Minnesota, starting at midnight tonight, none of them will get the honor of being the first same-gender couple to marry in the Gopher State.

Bishop warns Catholics against attending "immoral" gay weddings

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin issued a warning to Catholics this week that are not free to “endorse or ignore immoral or destructive behavior,” and advised against attending any gay weddings now that same-sex marriage has been legalized in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island governor signs marriage-equality bill into law

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Gov. Lincoln Chafee, an Independent, signed the newly-passed marriage-equality bill into law today, as Rhode Island becomes the final New England state to legalize same-sex marriage.

The Providence Gay Men's Chorus serenaded the audience before the signing ceremony, held on the South Steps of the historic state House. Several gay lawmakers poured out their thanks for everyone who came together to pass the bill.

Hundreds of supporters cheered and hugged each other after Gov. Chafee took his pen and signed the bill in a formal ceremony.

HRC: By insulting same-sex parents, NOM hits new low

WASHINGTON – Brian Brown, president of the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage, hit a new low Wednesday, responding to the passage of a marriage equality bill in the Rhode Island state Senate by proclaiming:

"It's bad enough when families break down through divorce or death, but it's unconscionable when a state encourages this through policies that deprive children of the love of both a mother and a father. This is a very sad day for Rhode Island."

Rhode Island Senate approves marriage-equality bill

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island Senate voted 26-12 today to pass the marriage-equality bill, 17 years after the first such bill was introduced by lawmakers in the state.

Watch LIVE: Rhode Island Senate debates same-sex marriage

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island Senate is debating the marriage-equality bill at 4 pm EDT/1 pm PDT today.

To watch the live debate and vote, click HERE. THE SITE HAS CRASHED! Click HERE for coverage by WPRI-TV.

The Senate’s president, Teresa Paiva Weed, a Democrat who opposes same-sex marriage, is allowing her colleagues to vote on S38, the marriage-equality bill.

Rhode Island Senate panel advances marriage-equality bill

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Judiciary Committee of the Rhode Island Senate voted 7-4 today to pass a marriage-equality bill.

The bill now goes to the full Senate for a vote, most likely later this week.

The vote in the full Senate remains too close to call. Activists are encourage to make phone calls or sent emails to senators who are on the fence.

The Rhode Island House approved the marriage-equality bill during a debate and vote on Jan. 24, 2013.

Rhode Island Senate panel to consider marriage equality bill this week

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Rhode Island state Senate will be considering a marriage equality bill when lawmakers return this week for the final work of their annual session.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider legislation allowing gay couples to wed. The session is scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday.

VIDEO: Sixth-grader gives heartfelt speech in support of marriage equality

A sixth grade student stunned the Rhode Island Senate judiciary committee with a profound speech on same-sex marriage.

Freedom to Marry spending $2 million to win more states

NEW YORK – Freedom to Marry announced today a 2013 drive to raise and invest $2 million through the Win More States Fund, with an initial focus on passing freedom to marry legislation in several states across the country.

In its first 2013 wave of contributions, Freedom to Marry is investing $800,000 in states where marriage bills are being debated – including Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey and Rhode Island – and is calling on others to be a part of these victories through strategic and early Win More States Fund investment.