No. 10: Gay Marriage Is Law in Rhode Island

Governor Chafee signs bill in Providence

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted May 2, 2013 7:13 PM CDT

(Newser) – August 1 will be a busy day for county clerks around Rhode Island. That's the day the first gay marriages will be allowed, thanks to the bill signed into law today by Gov. Lincoln Chafee, reports the Providence Journal. Couples previously joined in civil unions can upgrade to the real thing, too. Rhode Island is the 10th state and the last in New England to sanction same-sex weddings. Chafee's full remarks are here, but the Advocate zeroes in on the main line: "At long last, you are free to marry the person you love."

Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox, right, embraces his partner Marcus LaFond after today's vote in Providence.
Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox, right, embraces his partner Marcus LaFond after today's vote in Providence.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Julie Smith, left, and Lise Iwon celebrate in the Rhode Island State House.
Julie Smith, left, and Lise Iwon celebrate in the Rhode Island State House.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee holds up the gay marriage bill after signing it into law.
Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee holds up the gay marriage bill after signing it into law.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox, left, is kissed by R.I. Rep. Frank Ferri, D-Warwick, after the bill was signed into law.
Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox, left, is kissed by R.I. Rep. Frank Ferri, D-Warwick, after the bill was signed into law.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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