Given a green light, same-sex R.I. couples plan Mass. weddings
By David Abel, Globe Staff
October 2, 2006
Same-sex couples in Rhode Island, eager to take advantage of a Suffolk Superior Court judge's ruling last week that found their state does not prohibit gay marriage, began making plans this weekend to marry in Massachusetts.
The ruling was the first to allow same-sex couples from outside Massachusetts to marry since the Supreme Judicial Court's 2003 ruling that legalized gay marriages in the state. In March, the SJC ruled the state could use a 1913 law to stop out-of-state couples from marrying here if the marriage was forbidden in their home state.
In Rhode Island, where the law refers to a bride and groom but does not explicitly prohibit gay marriage, same-sex couples said yesterday that they hoped to marry soon -- before the state's General Assembly has the chance to change the law when it meets again in January.