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Widow of R.I. gay marriage advocate wins previously denied survivor benefits

Thursday, December 4, 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.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The widow of a woman who pushed to legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island before she died of cancer will be entitled to her Social Security benefits after a yearslong fight to get them, an advocacy group said Thursday. [...]

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New Rhode Island law makes it easier to change gender on records

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Rhode Island has made it easier for transgender residents to change their gender designation on their birth certificates. The state Health Department removed the requirement that people have gender reassignment surgery before changing their gender on a birth certificate. Instead, a medical provider can certify... [...]

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David Cicilline wins third U.S. House term in Rhode Island

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island was reelected to the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday night, defeating Republican Cormick Lynch to secure a third term in the state's First Congressional district. [...]

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Rhode Island drops surgery requirement for transgender birth certificate changes

Monday, October 27, 2014
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Civil liberties advocates are praising the state of Rhode Island for making it easier for transgender residents to change their gender designation on their birth certificates. [...]

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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
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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 [...]

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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
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 [...]

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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
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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 [...]

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