PROVIDENCE – The demand for marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples in Rhode Island remains strong one month after the state’s marriage law took effect, The Associated Press reported.
Clerks in Cranston, Pawtucket and other Rhode Island communities told the AP last month that they’ve issued dozens of licenses since the law allowing same-sex to marry in Rhode Island took effect Aug. 1. Officials in Providence and East Providence are not counting same-sex marriage license. The law eliminated gender classification in the state’s marriage law.
Clerks in other cities told the AP the number of couples seeking marriage licenses peaked Aug. 1 but has remained steady since. In Warwick, six or eight couples showed up for licenses on the first day they were offered. The city has now issued 20 licenses to same-sex couples, the AP said.
Seven same-sex couples have obtained licenses in Newport. Cranston and Pawtucket have both issued 16 licenses. •