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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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A momentous day: Gay couples get hitched in Minnesota, Rhode Island

| Thursday, August 1, 2013
Steven Senne, APSupporters of marriage equality celebrate outside City Hall, in Providence, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, the first day same-sex marriage became legal in Rhode Island and Minnesota.
In public celebrations and intimate ceremonies, gay couples exchanged vows Thursday in Minnesota and Rhode Island as the number of places where same-sex couples can wed grew to more than a quarter of U.S. states.

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Officials in R.I. begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

| Thursday, August 1, 2013
Steven Senne, APLisa Kesser, of Providence, R.I., front, reacts while completing paper work to obtain a marriage license with her partner of 20 years Dorcey Baker, behind center, at City Hall, in Providence, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Same-sex marriages have begun in Rhode Island, and local officials are for the first time issuing marriage licenses to gay couples who wish to marry in the state.

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