Chafee Announcement: RI Recognizes Same Sex Marriages from Other States

I’ve confirmed that Gov. Chafee will anounce today that he will sign an executive order affirming that Rhode Island recognizes same sex marriages from other states.

“The governor will direct all offices in state government to recognize as valid all out of state same sex marriages,” said a source who asked not to be identified. “There’s been some confusion with some state departments, agencies and offices whether Rhode Island recognizes out of state same sex marriages.”

My source said a 2007 memo from the Attorney General already affirmed that Rhode Island law recognizes all marriages, per a 1904 law that said the state recognizes all out of state marriages.

The governor is slated to announce his executive order at 2:15 today at the State House.

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Bob Plain is the editor/publisher of Rhode Island's Future. Previously, he's worked as a reporter for several different news organizations both in Rhode Island and across the country.

3 responses to “Chafee Announcement: RI Recognizes Same Sex Marriages from Other States”

  1. Steve Ahlquist

    Yeah! I don’t always agree with the Governor, but when he’s right he’s right.

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  2. John McGrath

    Typical RI bizarreness. To please the Bishop, do not allow RI gay marriages. To please the majority, recognize gay marriages of Rhode islanders performed in other states. Unlike the mother appearing before King Salomon, RI is willing to cut the baby in two

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  3. jgardner

    It’s a step towards allowing homosexual couples to get a marriage license. I would have preferred, though, going through the legislature — I believe executive orders can be summarily dismissed by future governors, can’t they?

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