Same sex marriages takes effect in RI

By: Melissa Toupin

Gay marriage is now officially legal in Rhode Island. The first same–sex marriages will be performed on Thursday. 

Earlier this week, same sex couples in Rhode Island hoping to marry were able to pre-register for their licenses. In Providence, around seven couples took advantage coming to city hall and getting the paperwork rolling. It is hoped that lines won't be long, now that same–sex couples can finally say their I do's. Mayor Angel Tavares is calling it a historic day.

Just as couples wed, protests will be taking place against same-sex couples. Protests are planned outside Cranston city hall. The Westboro Baptist Church is staging a picket and Mayor Fung says, the city is  prepared, putting extra officers on patrol.

“They really have pushed the envelope in a lot of areas, not only what they're planning to do in Cranston, in Rhode Island, but all across the country. I don't subscribe or condone any of their tactics, that's from my personal stance,” said Fung.

Mayor Fung says, he respects the rights of the people to protest, but he also wants to ensure that citizens have the ability to come and go at city hall without any problems.

Here's what you need to get a marriage license:

Both parties must present certified birth certificates.

A valid photo ID.

Proof of residency.

If it's not your first marriage, you need to have a certified, final divorce decree or death certificate. All documents must be in English.

(C) WLNE-TV 2013