State Rep. says ‘I do’ for first time in RI

By Abbey Niezgoda

It was a special ceremony that ended a decades long wait. State Representative Frank Ferri renewed his vows to his long-time partner Tony Caparco in Warwick Thursday, the first day same-sex marriages were performed in Rhode Island.

From the jazz piano to the hand painted wine glasses and state house themed cake, the wedding was well planned considering they had 32 years to think about it.

“We have waited so long for this, longer than most couples would have to wait,” Caparco said.

Representative Ferri famously announced their wedding date on the House floor the day it passed. He made good on his promise renewing his vows in Warwick.

“I'm just so happy. I'm so excited and I never thought this day would come,” Ferri said.

Among the wedding party were members of Rhode Island's political establishment. Even Governor Chafee wore a corsage.

“As many would say, it is overdue in Rhode Island, but we are celebrating today,” Governor Chafee said.

House Speaker Gordon Fox officiated the ceremony, filled with emotion and applause. It is a day they will always remember as one worth fighting for.

“In a moment, all of the sudden its actually happened and it was just surreal,” Representative Ferri said. “It was unbelievable.”