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GLAD sues SSA for denying survivor benefits to disabled R.I. widow

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Patricia Baker, 54, right, a Rhode Island corrections officer, testifies in favor of gay marriage rights before a Senate committee at the Rhode Island Statehouse in Providence, R.I. Thursday, March 10, 2011 as her wife, Deborah Tevyaw, weeps at left.
The legal advocacy group GLAD (Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders) has filed suit against the Social Security Administration (SSA) in U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, charging SSA with wrongfully denying survivor benefits to 56-year-old Deborah Tevyaw after the death of her wife, Patricia Baker.

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Providence defends former mayor in firefighters’ gay pride parade lawsuit

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The city of Providence went before the Rhode Island Supreme Court on Tuesday to defend former Mayor Buddy Cianci in a lawsuit brought by two firefighters who were ordered to drive a fire truck in a 2001 gay pride parade. The arguments centered on the question of whether Cianci and his then-fire chief are immune...

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Minnesota, Rhode Island celebrate first anniversary of marriage equality

Friday, August 1, 2014
Stacy Bengs, APMargaret Miles, right, celebrates with wife Cathy ten Broeke, left, after they were married at the Minneapolis Freedom to Marry Celebration and Weddings, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 at the Minneapolis City Hall.
It's been a year since same-sex couples in Minnesota and Rhode Island gained the right to legally marry. The anniversary of the state allowing same-sex marriage arrived Friday. It was a quieter scene than last year when couples lined up to exchange vows at the stroke of midnight.

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Gay candidate’s ad campaign features husband, ‘plan for ‘happily ever after’

Saturday, June 14, 2014
Brett Smiley, an openly gay Democratic candidate for for mayor of Providence, R.I., has released a campaign video focusing on how he gets things done, including his "plan for happily ever after.” The ad, titled "Man with a Plan," features a re-creation of Smiley on one knee, proposing to his husband Jim DeRentis.

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Univ. of Rhode Island breaks ground on LGBT student center

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Green Hall at the University of Rhode Island.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — The University of Rhode Island has broken ground on a new center for LGBT students.

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R.I. speaker Gordon Fox to step down after FBI raids

Sunday, March 23, 2014
APGordon Fox
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox, who became the nation's first openly gay House speaker in 2010 is resigning from his leadership post and will not run for re-election, he said Saturday, a day after federal and state authorities raided his Statehouse office and home as part of a criminal investigation that they would not detail.

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R.I. Catholic college cancels philosophy professor’s talk on same-sex marriage

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
John Corvino
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Providence College, a Roman Catholic school, canceled a talk on gay marriage by a philosophy professor who has spoken and written extensively in favor of it, prompting concerns about academic freedom from some students and faculty members.

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Despite Pope’s message, R.I. bishop to continue to speak against gay marriage

Friday, September 20, 2013
Bishop Thomas Tobin
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Bishop Thomas Tobin of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, known for his activism against legalizing same-sex marriage, struck a conciliatory tone Friday after Pope Francis criticized the Catholic Church for being too obsessed with gays and abortion, but signaled little change in his anti-gay activism.

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New website features legal info for LGBT, HIV+ youth in New England

Sunday, September 15, 2013
BOSTON — A Boston-based LGBT legal rights advocacy group has set up a new website to provide helpful information to young people in New England about their legal rights in school, sports, work and the juvenile justice system.

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R.I. bishop switches from Democrat to Republican over gay marriage, abortion

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Bishop Thomas Tobin
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Roman Catholic bishop of Providence says he has become a registered Republican because he can not be associated with the Democratic party's views on abortion and same-sex marriage.

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